I don’t know how you can’t like the fight and determination of Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Isn’t this the type of candidate we long to represent us?
All throughout the primary Dr. Miller-Meeks had to listen to those in the media talk about how a relatively unknown woman from the rural part of the district can’t win the Republican primary against a well known businessman from Cedar Rapids. She was unfazed and won her primary. After the primary the media was quick to write her off because of the advantage Democrats have in the 2nd district in terms of voter registration. She kept her head down and continued to work.
I have to admit I was stunned to learn that Miller-Meeks was able to out raise Congressman Loebsack in the last three months of the campaign. Miller-Meeks raised $108,599.26 and gave her campaign $20k putting her total for the quarter at $128,559.26 compared to Congressman Loebsack’s $108,142.10. So even without her personal contribution Miller-Meeks outpaced Loebsack by $417.16.
The picture for Loebsack is much worse if you consider he only raised $36,432.10 from individuals. Loebsack continues to rely on special interest groups to fund his campaign, while Miller-Meeks has had to rely on funding her campaign through the grassroots.
I have been amazed at the amount of column space the Des Moines Register has given Becky Greenwald, yet they have basically ignored the campaign that Miller-Meeks has run. While Loebsack still enjoys a cash on hand advantage of $ 456,656.96 to $83,274.27 (5 to 1 ratio), Latham has a 31 to 1 cash on hand advantage over Greenwald. Plus we all know that Congressman Loebsack exactly well thought of in the 2nd CD while Latham is very popular.
I guess we should not be surprised when Miller-Meeks defeats conventional wisdom because if you have ever heard her story (later in the show) she’s done it her entire life. There is something afoot in the 2nd District, Miller-Meeks has proved to be a relentless campaigner and in a year where the American people are upset with Congress and looking for intelligent, competent people to represent them anything can happen.
Get behind Miller-Meeks folks, she’s got a chance.