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July 25th, 2014

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perryWelcome back to the Haugland Huddle. It’s been an exciting couple of weeks in Iowa politics.

Governor Rick Perry: It was great having Texas Governor Rick Perry in Iowa’s Fourth District for a couple of great county GOP fundraising events. The North Iowa Conservative Event in Algona was very well attended and Gov. Perry gave a rousing speech. We also enjoyed hosting him in Mason City for a Cerro Gordo event, which was also well attended. I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of him and other White House hopefuls making the rounds in our great state. Above is a photo of Rick Perry in Cerro Gordo County writing the words “a farmer” on Sen. Chuck Grassley’s sign. Perry was fired up during his speech, and even warned Bruce Braley at one point saying, “Don’t diss my famers.”

#OnDutyForJoni: While Joni Ernst was leading her troops during annual training, many of her supporters stepped up to carry the campaign load during the #OnDutyForJoni campaign. Whoever came up with this idea at the Ernst campaign should be given a promotion. Brilliant.

I have to give a big shout out to her liberal, trial-lawyer opponent Bruce Braley though, for all the work he’s been doing on her behalf while she’s been serving our country! The revelation that he has missed 75% of his veterans’ affairs committee hearings, some of those to attend swanky beltway fundraisers, as well as threatening to sue his neighbors over a chicken that crossed onto his vacation home property.

While the Braley camp tried to accuse Joni of “injecting partisan politics” into Veterans issues, the truth is actually the reverse: Braley “injected partisan politics” into Veterans issues when he chose to skip 75% of his Veterans Administration oversight hearings and attended partisan political fundraisers instead.

A picture of the true Bruce Braley is becoming more and more clear and I think that a lot of Iowans really don’t like what we are seeing! Recent polling shows this race is neck in neck. We need all hands on deck to ensure that Iowa is represented by an honest, hard-working Conservative!!

Bierfeldt: The revelation this week that former GOP Executive Direct Steve Biefeldt received a $38,000 “severance” is disappointing and is just the most recent indictment in what can only be described as a disastrous tenure in that post. This was an unusual, unfortunate arrangement and for the sake of his reputation he should strongly consider paying it back.

That’s all for today. I hope you will be getting involved with your local state and federal nominees. We need all hands on deck if we’re going to be successful in November!


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About the Author

Gabe Haugland
Gabriel M. Haugland is an attorney, combat veteran, business-owner, and life-long Iowan who currently serves as the Chairman of the Cerro Gordo County Republican Party. He is also a newly-elected member of the Iowa GOP State Central Committee. His ability to lead was tested and refined as an Infantry Platoon leader in Afghanistan, and he continues to serve our country as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer in the Iowa Army National Guard. An active volunteer in his church and community, Gabe also serves on the board of directors for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Global Compassion Network, and the Caring Pregnancy Center in Mason City. Gabe holds a political science degree from the University of Iowa, as well as a law degree from Drake University. Gabe, his wife Carolyn, and their two children live in Clear Lake where he is an avid outdoorsman, hunting or fishing with family and friends whenever possible. *Disclaimer: Use of Gabriel M. Haugland’s military rank, position, or title does not imply endorsement by the Iowa National Guard, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense. All opinions are personal in nature.

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