The Register offers its backing to Iowa's three House Democrats. The endorsement for Leonard Boswell is once again weak:
Boswell should be thankful Republicans have not managed to find a strong, credible candidate to run against him. His record just isn't that impressive. This year, his opponent is Brad Zaun. The current state senator and former Urbandale mayor is painfully unprepared for the job of a congressman.The endorsement for Dave Loebsack is enthusuastic and offers (my italics) a possible hint to the senate race:
Though Iowa is long overdue in sending a woman to Congress, Miller-Meeks is not the woman to send this election. Loebsack continues to grow in this job and is able to see the bigger picture on how to get this country on course - including encouraging Americans to "make things again."Does that mean there is a woman to send this election? There's only one other...
Both the Register and Gazette are backing Bruce Braley. But the Gazette goes for Brad Zaun over Boswell, though I have no Idea where they came up with the fantasy about Zaun's "willingness to occasionally break party ranks" (sic).
(The Gazette keeps with its top-down pattern of endorsements, starting with governor and senator and building up to what will likely be a climactic nod for township trustee.)
Gazette says they'll name state legislators tomorrow. The Press-Citizen does it today with a yawner, backing four local Democratic legislators. Mary Mascher and Vicki Lensing, while Dave Jacoby has no Republican opponent. In the only traditional two party race they back first-term Dem Nate Willems.