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IA-03: Steve King robocalling Democrats

by: desmoinesdem

Wed Apr 13, 2011 at 19:25:11 PM CDT

Steve King's recorded voice greeted me when I picked up the phone at about 6:30 pm today. He asked if I was registered to vote; I said yes. He wanted to ask a few questions about a very important issue. Did I support the "total repeal of Obamacare"? Not thinking like a blogger, I gave the "wrong" answer to this question (no), so King's voice thanked me for my time and ended the phone call. He said the call was paid for by the King for Congress committee and gave a 712 area code phone number (my phone showed that the call came from the Washington, DC area).

I live in Polk County, and the only voters in my household are registered Democrats. At least one household I know of, containing only Democrats in Dallas County, received the same robocall. I don't know whether King is calling district-wide or just in the IA-03 counties he hasn't represented before. The proposed third district (map) contains 12 counties King currently represents: Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont, Cass, Montgomery, Page, Adair, Adams, Taylor, Union, Ringgold, and Guthrie. It also contains three counties Republican Tom Latham currently represents: Warren, Madison and Dallas. Democrat Leonard Boswell represents the largest county in the district, Polk, containing Des Moines and most of its suburbs.  

A request for Bleeding Heartland readers who get King's call: please let me know what questions follow if you answer yes, you support the total repeal of Obamacare. Also, it would be helpful to know what county you live in and whether your household includes registered Democrats only, or also no-party voters and Republicans. You can either post a comment in this thread or e-mail me confidentially: desmoinesdem AT yahoo.com.

If King is trying to identify Democrats in IA-03 who share his stance on health care reform, then presumably he has not ruled out moving to this district to avoid a GOP primary against Latham in the new IA-04. The new fourth district has a Republican tilt, whereas the new third district is almost evenly balanced politically. The proposed IA-03 voted 51.9 percent Obama, 45.8 percent McCain in 2008, and 47.1 percent Kerry, 52.1 percent Bush in 2004. The proposed IA-04 voted 48.1 percent Obama, 49.8 percent McCain in 2008, and 44.2 percent Kerry, 55.0 percent Bush in 2004.

I believe it would be foolish for King to run in IA-03; my hunch is that a lot of Polk County independents and even Republicans would vote for Latham but not King. Then again, Latham would be unbeatable in the new IA-04, where he has represented 35 of the 39 counties. King would be strongly favored in IA-04 but perhaps vulnerable against the right Democratic candidate, especially in a presidential year.

UPDATE: In the comments, Bleeding Heartland user rurallib describes the rest of this phone call, as heard way over in eastern Iowa (Muscatine County). King obviously isn't thinking about running for Congress in the second district, so perhaps he is robocalling statewide to identify and raise money from health care reform-haters.

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I got a call @ 6PM (Muscy county - Ia-02) (4.00 / 3)
And my brain kicked in enough to answer 'YES' to all the questions.
Following the first question was a statement that to defeat 'Obamacare', Obama must be defeated.
- the Congressional Research Service(?) has stated that 'Obamacare' will spend $105B/ yr. automatically if congress does not stop it.
- Will I support Steve King's re-election with a contribution? (me - YES!)
- We must stop 'Obamacare.' Can we call you back for your contribution? (YES)
- you will get a call back very shortly confirming my contribution (still waiting for the call)

When the Dems have no competitive primaries, I like to help the Repubs pick their candidates. One of the great pleasure I get in life is voting against Branstad. Not successfully, but it still gives me pleasure.

meant to add that therefore I have been registered Repub on occassion (0.00 / 0)

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OK, maybe King's just fundraising (0.00 / 0)
statewide with these robocalls. He obviously isn't thinking about running in IA-02!

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Thanks for the heads up on this (4.00 / 1)
will answer yes to all so Steve gets to spend some money :)

How odd. (4.00 / 1)
Usually I'm the one to get this fundraising, rabble-rousing garbage - like the only one.

Maybe the creeps have gotten wise that that this rural Story County liberal voter has been leading them on.

and you actually live (0.00 / 0)
in his new district. He should be calling Story County.

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