Keokuk, Iowa — Roxanne Conlin is likely to win the Democratic primary for the U.S Senate in Iowa. The two other individuals running against her were simply not able to raise the funds to fund an aggressive campaign and increase their name recognition. Bob Krause and Tom Fiegen are both former elected officials and fine human beings. The same can be said about Sen. Chuck Grassley, the GOP senator all three opponents hope to defeat.
You can already vote in the Democratic or Republican Primaries here in Iowa at your local courthouse despite the primary not being held until June 8. On a personal note, I view all three candidates in the Democratic primary as too liberal. Roxanne Conlin, Bob Krause and Tom Fiegen have all remained open to the concept of instituting a single payer health care system. This is a real turn-off politically because it shows a lack of willingness to admit your own mortality and then to stick an anonymous taxpayer with the bill — among other issues.
Roxanne Conlin has been well-known in Democratic circles for decades; she is a talented trial lawyer and a gifted orator. She admits she is a little bit rusty on the stump, having not faced the voters since 1982 when she took on Lt. Governor Terry Branstad in a gubernatorial election. Conlin has drawn criticism for using questionable tax loopholes, drunk driving arrests and other personal issues, as reported by the New York Times. As an Iowa voter, I think the only legit criticism that has been raised against her during this campaign is the fact that she took money from people with ties to Monsanto, the large agribusiness, as noted by the Des Moines Register. Her work as a trial lawyer is something voters are either going to respect or not; there’s no point in rehashing stale talking points about ambulances.
Bob Krause is a former state representative who resides in Fairfield. Krause is an extremely knowledgeable man on a number of issues. He has written a number of books on transportation issues facing the country. He worked in the Department of Transportation during the Carter Administration. He has worked feverishly in the private sector as a consultant on transportation issues facing the nation, says the Register.
On a personal note, I like how Krause has highlighted the plight that trade agreements, which lack balance, have brought not just to working-class Iowans, but all people in this wonderful nation. Krause has run a positive campaign, in my estimation, and I commend him for that. Frankly, I wish Krause would have considered a bid six years ago against Sen. Grassley. Such an endeavor would have earned him more accolades and greatly increased his name recognition among activists.
Thomas Fiegen is a former state senator and quite possibly, in my view, the most intellectual candidate in this race for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat. Fiegen wants to at or near full employment again this country, according to the Register. Tom has held a number of jobs: college professor, bankruptcy attorney, and he worked on a family farm.
Fiegen has still been working on some of the old lingering cases from the farm crisis of the 1980s. Fiegen certainly thinks he can bring that kind of experience to the Senate to deal with the housing foreclosure crisis.
Sen. Grassley does not currently face any known opposition in the GOP primary in 2010. Grassley is now considered a centrist in the GOP caucus in this constituent’s view. There were rumors of a primary candidate challenging Grassley, but nothing came to light. That’s a positive thing for Iowa.
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New York Times Staff. “Leading Iowa Set Back Because She Paid No State Taxes in 81′” New York Times.
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Krogstad, Jens Manuel. “Candidate Tom Fiegen remains true to his roots and Iowa families.” Des Moines Register.