The Second District Congressional Race

I am looking forward to June 4rd. June 3rd is primary day and in the Second Congressional District we have three candidates —  Lee Harder, Marianette Miler-Meeksa and Peter Teahen— running for the opportunity to take on Loebsack in fall.

As anyone following the race knows, this contest has certainly produced some fireworks. This has been a bruising campaign. But on June 4th we will have a nominee.

One of the things that we as Iowa Republicans have not been so good at recently is putting the primaries and caucuses behind us. June 4th is the day to put it all behind us. We will have our nominees from the top to the bottom of the ticket.

We will have our work cut out for us.

Racist Republicans

Republicans always seem to get a bad rap for being racist. We disagree with Obama’s policies — we get called racists. We believe in supporting US immigration laws — we get called racists. I just heard something interesting.

In the recent elections for Republican State Central Committee, the highest vote getter in 4 of the 5 congressional districts was a minority.  The Iowa Democratic Party has a quota system for minority representation on their state central committee. So the Democrats have their token Black, Latino, Pacific
Islander/Asian, Disability, Lesbian & Gay, American Indian, and Armed Forces Veterans
representatives. (BTW, why do Asians and Pacific Islanders always get lumped together?)

In our district conventions, our party simply chose the candidates that they felt would do the best job representing them on the State Central Committee. I knew who the top vote-getters were: 1st District John Ortega, 2nd District David Chung, 3rd District Gopal Krishna, 4th District Isaiah McGee. It never dawned on me that the four of us were all minorities. It was only this week, more than a month after the election that someone pointed it out to me.

The problem is that the minorities in Republican leadership in Iowa were not chosen because they are minorities. They were not chosen to fill some quota. They were chosen — dare I say it? — not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

In this crazy Politically Correct culture — this is the very definition of racism.

He’s Baaaaack!

Krusty Konservative is back. So following his lead and thanks to encouragement from several other bloggers both in public and private, HawkeyeGOP is back as well.

When I was elected to the State Central Committee, I made a promise not to publicly endorse any candidate in a contested Republican primary — I will keep that promise in this blog. Importantly, the commentary presented here is my own. In this forum, I speak for myself not for the Republican Party of Iowa or the Republican State Central Committee.

It is good to be back.