Tonight Congressman Dave Loebsack squares off against Dr. Marriannette Miller-Meeks for an hour long debate sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Gazette and KCRG TV9. The Debate will last 60 minutes and will be televised live starting at 7:00 p.m.
While Republican congressional challengers in the 1st and 3rd congressional districts have run less than stellar campaigns, Miller-Meeks has run an aggressive campaign, and outraised Congressman Loebsack over the last three months of the campaign. Tonight’s debate is a huge opportunity for Miller-Meeks to show thousands of people in the 2nd CD what her loyal supports have known for over a year, she’s personable, intelligent, and tenacious.
Yesterday her campaign released a new TV ad going after Loebsack.
This could be a fun debate to watch tonight!
State House Money Watch
I’ve been tracking how our Republican candidates are doing in terms of fundraising vs their opponents. All the reports are still not in, but a quick look at some key challenger and open seat races shows the Republican candidates having strong support. More to come when all the reports are in.
Divided we Fail?
It seems my friends over at the Iowa Defense Alliance don’t think I cover our legislative candidates well enough. There may be some truth to that. Now I’ve promoted Jamie Johnson and a few others on this site, but I have not spent time promoting Jane Jeck, David Kerr, or Mark Brandenburg.
Why? Because I don’t know them. Sorry, but I just don’t write things about candidates or campaigns I don’t know anything about. All three are running against incumbents in democrat districts.
Brandenburg is running against Gronstal, yeah I hate Gronstal but the $6.336.00 dollars Mark has in the bank isn’t going to get the job done, sorry.
Kerr is running against Sen. Courtney is a district that has 6,000 more Democrats than Republicans. Kerr raised just over 4 grand in his last report.
Jeck has raised $13,905.00 in the most recent filing period for her State House campaign, but she too is running in a Democrat District and got an F grade from the NRA.
I’ve focused on candidates like Ross Paustian in the Quad Cities, Danny Carroll in Grinnell/Oskaloosa, Renee Schulte in Cedar Rapids, Scott Belt in Council Bluffs, and Carlin Hageman in Cedar Falls. Why, because they have a shot to win.