IOWA CITY-Despite two failed congressional campaigns, Mariannette Miller-Meeks is confident that 2014 will be the year she finally unseats Democrat incumbent Dave Loebsack. Miller-Meeks’ already impressive resume received a boost over the past three years while serving as Iowa’s director of public health. She also believes the issues are on her side this year.
Iowa Democrats are desperately trying to tear down Miller-Meeks and tarnish her tenure as the leader of the Department of Public Health. However, if Wednesday’s campaign event in liberal Iowa City is any indication, the medical community is solidly behind Dr. Miller-Meeks.
“I tell you, as a physician, she was the best. The best,” Dr. Hamed Tewfit said of Miller-Meeks stint as Iowa’s public health director. “As a physician, I’m sorry to see her leave, but she’s moving in the right direction.”
The Miller-Meeks campaign’s busy day of barnstorming across the Second District included a stop at the Iowa City Cancer Center, where Dr. Tewfit serves as the director. A crowd of 35 showed up for the late afternoon event, many of them from the medical community.
“She’s a lady of principles,” Tewfit added, as he introduced his colleague. “She’s a lady who knows how to get things done.”
Miller-Meeks’ abilities, along with the failures of Dave Loebsack and his Democrat cronies in Congress provide the Republican hopeful with a lot of optimism about this election year.
“I’m doing this for the third time because I care,” Miller-Meeks told TheIowaRepublican.com. “I think Washington is a mess, dysfunctional and things have gotten worse over the past four years. Do we really want to make a change and get this country on the right track, as Governor Branstad has done for our great state of Iowa? Then we need to send a doctor, a problem-solver and a veteran to D.C. to do it.”
Dr. Miller-Meeks mentioned Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS and NSA scandals, and “overzealous regulation” from Washington as points where the current leadership has failed. She says Iowans are telling her they are fed up.
“They don’t feel that there’s a place for the little guy and no one is standing up for them. Well, let me tell you, I am the little guy and I am standing up,” the diminutive Miller-Meeks said to applause from attendees. “The things that are uppermost on people’s minds are healthcare, the squeezing of middle-class wages and take-home pay and a government that has grown increasingly unaccountable.”
If Miller-Meeks emerges victorious in the Republican primary, she will tangle with a Democrat opponent who was a strong advocate for Obamacare. As everyday Americans and even those in the medical profession denounce the burdensome and deeply flawed legislation, and more promises from the Democrats regarding the bill are exposed as falsehoods, Miller-Meeks’ depth of knowledge on healthcare issues is likely to cause headaches for Dave Loebsack’s campaign.
“Healthcare should be affordable, portable and personal. It should not be a one-size- fits-all policy that tells you what you can and cannot have and makes the choices and decisions for you,” Miller-Meeks said.
The Iowa City stop was the final one of a six-city swing through the district on Wednesday for Dr. Miller-Meeks. The campaign hits the trail again Thursday morning with visits to Bettendorf, Muscatine, Tipton, Newton, Oskaloosa and Pella.
“The reception has been great,” Miller-Meeks said. “We’ve been so pleased at all of our stops. We’ve had press coverage, radio coverage, we’ve had people show out and it’s really cold. We were in the single digits this morning but people were showing out, coming to our event and there’s a lot of excitement there.”
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