Second-time 2nd CD GOP congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks has rolled out her Johnson County committee; Coralville Courier has the list. A lot of familiar Republican names both from the party side (Grawe, Thornton, Thornton, Keettel, Michel, Eckhoff, Derksen, Seberg) and from the business conservative side (Balmer, Vanderhoef, Bywater).
One prominent Republican name missing from the list is Lori Cardella; as I noted during her unsuccessful Supervisor race, she's county chair for Christopher "Not Tom Harkin" Reed. The Johnson County team for Steve Rathje is headed up by Gen. Robert Sentman.
The new guy in the field, Rob Gettemy, doesn't have county committees or chairs listed, but does include some "testimonials." Maybe my Republican readers can fill us in.
The four contenders for the right to be Not Dave Loebsack face off tomorrow in the Courier's Tea Party Day debate. 7 PM, Coralville library.
The four also met yesterday at a Five Season’s Republican Women forum. "Only style differentiated the candidates from one another yesterday. While these forums are nice, they don’t ask the candidates tough questions that allow people to see what each candidate is made of. TheIowaRepublican.com has also learned that the questions for Thursday’s debate have already been sent to the candidates. "
The Courier also complains that the liberal media is ignoring the tea party, and I certainly don't want to be part of the conspiracy:
The Johnson County TEA Party rally will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2010, from 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. in Iowa City. It will be located on the Pedestrian Mall, at the south end by the fountain and the Sheraton Hotel. In particular, we will be conducting the rally outside the Iowa City office of Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack.That's also next to Capanna so if you forget your tea you can get a cup there. Presumably the fountain is a convenient place to dump it.
And even if you disagree, you can show up:
The "Tea Party" folks are planning a Tax Day gathering at Representative Loebsack's Office Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:30-1:00p.m. Iowa City Pedestrian Mall, by the fountain and the Sheraton Iowa City.There, a Fair And Balanced plug for both sides.
Join with others and (in a peaceful non-confrontational way) take our dialog back.
Bring signs, enthusiasm and support our President, our Congressman, and our ideals.