| I was glad to see this press release a few days ago from Becky Greenwald's campaign:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Seidler
July 2, 2008 515-537-4465
Tom Latham's Other 'Milestones' In Congress
Des Moines - Tom Latham announced today that he has held 450 town hall meetings since taking office. The Greenwald for Congress campaign thought this was a good opportunity to discuss Tom Latham's other "milestones" since taking office in 1995.
7 The number of times Tom Latham has voted to continue the Iraq War, even as recently as June 19th.
92 The percentage of Tom Latham's votes cast in Congress that were following the Republican Party line. That is even higher than Steve King.
507 Amount, in millions, for veteran's healthcare that Tom Latham voted against in 2006 in favor of tax cuts for people making more than a million dollars per year. (HR 5385)
"Looking at the numbers, Tom Latham isn't listening to the people of the 4th District at his town hall meetings," said Erin Seidler, Communications Director. "It's time to make a difference in the 4th District and elect Becky Greenwald for Congress. "
The National Republican Congressional Committee is advising Republican candidates "to establish themselves in a personal manner, emphasizing local issues whenever possible." A recent strategy document warns against nationalizing the Congressional races in light of the GOP's very unpopular national brand.
It's no surprise that Latham would brag about his town-hall meetings. He has every reason to go by the new GOP playbook in his swing district where Democrats have made huge gains in voter registration and now slightly outnumber Republicans.
Remember, Democratic candidates have won special elections this year in Republican-leaning Congressional districts in Illinois, Louisiana and Mississippi.
If I were Greenwald, I would remind fourth district voters every day that on Iraq and many other issues, Latham has continually marched in lockstep with President Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress.
The Cook Political Report recently changed its rating for Iowa's fourth district from "Solid Republican" to "Likely Republican."
Don't be surprised if it gets upgraded to "Lean Republican" before too long.
Greenwald is working hard. She participated in three Fourth of July parades yesterday (in Clear Lake, Waukee and Iowa Falls) and is raising a lot of money. She has another big fundraiser coming up in Des Moines on July 10, by the way--for details, call 515-564-3883. The more local contributions she receives, the better the chance that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and EMILY's List will fully commit to this race.