October 14th, 2008
Contact: Erin Seidler
Becky Greenwald, First Lady Mari Culver Challenge Latham to Televised Debate
14-Year Incumbent Tom Latham Attacks Becky for First Time This Week
Waukee, IA - Today, Becky Greenwald and First Lady Mari Culver held a press conference challenging Tom Latham to a televised debate. Latham declined the KCCI/Register debate and refused to reschedule Iowa Press, but after attacking Becky Greenwald for the first time in this race, Greenwald challenged Latham to discuss the issues live on television.
"I have repeatedly challenged Tom Latham to televised debates, but unfortunately, he has declined one and refused to reschedule another," said Becky Greenwald. "There are serious issues facing the 4th District. Its time for Tom Latham to come out from behind his attacks through radio microphones and press releases and discuss the issues live on TV with the voters."
First Lady Mari Culver questioned Tom Latham's first attacks on Greenwald, signaling a turn of events in the race.
"The writing is on the wall in this race," said First Lady Mari Culver. "I have been following politics for a long time, and if an incumbent is comfortable with their lead, they do not attack their challenger. From his attacks, it seems Congressman Latham is seeing the growing support for Becky's campaign."
Greenwald challenged Latham to explain why he says he is fighting Wall Street greed, when he has never answered for his hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Wall Street firms. [opensecrets.org] And 4th District voters deserve an answer from Latham on his repeated votes to deregulate the financial markets. [House Vote #276, 7/1/99] [House Vote #603, 12/15/00]
And she noted it is the height of hypocrisy for Tom Latham to talk about "those on Wall Street who created this mess" when those are exactly the people Tom Latham has voted to protect during his 14 year career in Congress. Latham voted against shareholder reviews of CEO pay, he voted against a plan that would ensure that workers and executives were equally affected by pension benefit cuts, and he voted against an Enron-inspired proposal to require company executives to personally certify the accuracy of corporate financial statements. HR 1257, Vote #244, 4/20/07 HR 2830, Vote #634, 12/15/05 HR2830, Vote #635, 12/15/05 HR 3763, Vote #108, 4/24/02
"4th District voters are tired of the hypocrisy in Washington, saying one thing here and doing another in Congress. Tom Latham says he is working for Iowa voters, but he has failed to clean up the financial mess he helped create," said Becky Greenwald. "It is fine if Tom Latham wants to attack me. In fact, it is an interesting turn of events that he has decided to attack me at all, but its time that we have a debate on the issues on TV in front of thousands of voters. This election is too important. "