Saturday, October 4, 2014

Iraq War veteran Jim Mowrer in 'dead heat' with Rep. Steve King in race for Iowa's 4th congressional district

From Mowrer's web site:
A poll released September 30th showed a dead heat in the race for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, with incumbent Congressman Steve King at 46% and Iraq Veteran Jim Mowrer at 43%. The numbers show the race well within the margin of error.
      “The more Iowa voters know about Jim Mowrer’s record of service, the more they like him,” said Mowrer spokesperson Sam Spencer. “Mowrer’s numbers have a lot of potential for growth as voters continue to get to know Jim Mowrer and learn more about Steve King’s disastrous record in Congress.”
      “While King has seen his Congressional salary go up by $20,000, he has voted against raising the minimum wage, he has voted against giving women Equal Pay for Equal Work, and he has voted against bonuses for our troops. This poll shows King is having trouble defending that record.”
     The poll was released by the SMART-TD’s Iowa Legislative board. Information about SMART and poll methodology is available in their press release here:

20 Reasons to dump Iowa Rep. Steve King
  • King, a miserably ineffective showboat, sponsored 17 bills in the U.S. House, but, according to Open Congress, not one of them was enacted
  • In 2013 Steve King has been identified as one of the “ten Republicans who shut down the government” (Gawker), costing the U.S. economy $24 billion.
  • Has one of the worst congressional ratings, according to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and avoided the Vietnam draft for three years before he suddenly quit college after being assigned a high draft number which ended the threat of him being forced to shoot at anything that shoots back
  • The Des Moines Register can't stand him: "King seems to amuse himself by being as partisan and vitriolic as he can be. He has had 10 years in Washington to cultivate his inner-statesman, but he has failed to do so. It’s time for Iowa to make a change." (Written in 2012)
  • The right-wing editorial page of the Omaha, Nebraska World-Herald endorsed King 
  • Engaged in deceitful race baiting in the House of Representatives
  • Voted to expand internet surveillance of users by forcing Internet Service Providers to retain customers' temporarily-assigned IP addresses, as well as other information, for 12 months
  • Voted for a $250,000 congressional publicity stunt/nonbinding resolution to encourage public display of "In God We Trust" and to affirm that divisive religious bumper-sticker slogan which replaced E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one), the US' original motto
  • Voted to defund your local NPR station, presumably in an attempt to get you to listen to Rush Limbaugh more
  • Voted to strangle Medicare
  • Voted to force a rushed decision to extend the toxic, leaky Keystone XL pipeline through the Ogallala aquifer
  • Voted for the "2004 American Jobs Creation Act" — which cut jobs
  • Accused Iowa marriage equality supporters of following him around and screaming "the worst profanity I've heard anywhere" — but offered not a shred of proof
  • Somehow concluded that the existence of babies in trashcans meant that the Obama's Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional
  • Was endorsed by Wall Street financiers who want to eliminate farm subsidies and were fined by the Federal Elections Commission
  • Played hookey from the House to whine at CPAC about Nancy Pelosi forcing him to use energy-saving lightbulbs in his office while the rest of Iowa's congressional delegation was on the job fighting to protect Iowa National Guard jobs
  • In a legislative passion ploy, showcased Bishop William Lori, a notorious Catholic bully, as Joan of Arc, tied to the stake by marriage equality advocates
  • Claimed he bulldozed throngs of intimidating, profane gays to protect Connie Mackie (but unfortunately failed to provide any evidence whatsoever of this)
  • Was called an embarrassment to Iowa by the state's largest newspaper, in its 2010 endorsement of opponent Matt Campbell. The Des Moines Register added that King was "provocative, not focused on getting results for Iowans... reactive, not visionary" and added that it was time for Iowa voters to replace him
  •  King wants U.S. Intelligence (which didn't see ISIS coming in the first place) to spy on U.S. mosques, despite the fact that virtually every single American Muslim organization has publicly disavowed both the ideology and the practices of ISIS

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