There is a revolution going on in Iowa’s second congressional district. It centers around Republican candidate, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks or as I prefer — M3 (m-cubed – I did major in math after all).
The picture is of me from about a month ago preparing to walk in a parade with my kids and hand out Miller-Meeks material. When my kids asked me why we were supporting Miller-Meeks, I said, “It’s because she believes in what we believe in.” As a home-schooling family, we are planning a field trip to DC to visit Congresswoman Miller-Meeks sometime next year.
As Krusty points out:
… Miller-Meeks was able to out raise Congressman Loebsack in the last three months of the campaign. Miller-Meeks raised $108,599.26 and gave her campaign $20k putting her total for the quarter at $128,559.26 compared to Congressman Loebsack’s $108,142.10. So even without her personal contribution Miller-Meeks outpaced Loebsack by $417.16. Of his total, Loebsack only collected $36,000 from small donors. Almost all of Miller-Meeks’ total comes from small Iowa donors.
I do not believe that I need to defend my conservative or pro-life bona-fides to readers of this blog. As a member of the GOP State Central Committee, I support all of our candidates. While I support all of our candidates, I naturally spend my personal time and effort working (as a volunteer) for those I really believe in.
We have a great candidate in the 2nd Congressional District. I am excited about the Miller-Meeks campaign. (And my kids are looking forward to that field trip to DC 😉
I am one of those parents who was concerned about Obama’s speech to school children this week. I was concerned that it would consist of political propaganda at worst or be simply a waste of time. My friend Art Smith over at the Conservative Reader was right — it turned out to be the latter.
My concern was based on reading the suggested learning activities published by the Department of Education before the speech. Among them:
- Teachers may post in large print around the classroom notable quotes excerpted from President Obama’s speeches on education.
- Teachers may ask students to think of the following: … How will he inspire us
Since I read the transcript the White House released in advance, most of my concerns were allayed. Other than providing exposure for the president during the middle of a huge fight in congress and on the eve of his address to a joint session and utilizing the bloated, inefficient and unconstitutional Department of Education — the speech was just a waste of time. When schools are concerned about instructional hours and appropriate use of classroom time it seems absurd that this event was considered worthy of the school day. At least Cedar Rapids made it optional.
I did however find out that I must be a racist. One of my childrens’ teachers said that those who were concerned were expressing:
… a mild form of racism.
This form of argumentum ad hominem is often used in lieu of rational debate. Students in our schools deserve better. Perhaps this teacher should have taken the time to explain why people who disagree with the president are racists.
In my speech to the 2nd District Convention last year, I mentioned my Pacific-Islander, Asian and African heritage. I said that I was:
One part yellow, two parts brown and one part black which makes me at least as black as Barack.
So, where does this cracker, honky teacher get off calling me a racist?
Dear Second District Republicans,
Fifteen months ago, I was elected to represent the Second Congressional District on the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Iowa. During my tenure, I have worked to bring openness to the process of electing a State Party Chairman and for the first time in my memory, the candidates and vote totals were published on blogs and tweeted in real time. As a member of State Organization Committee, I have helped place into motion a plan which will make national delegate selection a part of the normal district conventions and do away with the Friday night meetings before the state convention. I have served as head of the Technology Committee that is working to provide a better online presence for the party and better communicate with grassroots Republicans all across the state. Finally I have supported all of our candidates who have passed the most important litmus test of all – they won their primaries.
When I was elected, I promised that I would neither seek nor accept a paid staff or consultant position with any campaign or issue-based organization. I further promised that while serving on the State Central Committee, I would remain neutral and not make any endorsements in contested Republican primaries. I am excited that we have such an excellent field of Republican candidates for governor. It has always been my intent to remain neutral in the upcoming gubernatorial primary and give my full support to the winner.
However, last week everything changed. Last Friday my good friend and fellow Eastern Iowan, Christian Fong announced that he intended to run for governor. I ran for State Central Committee because I wanted to make a difference, I wanted not just to elect Republicans but to see those core principles defined in our platform enacted. Christian is a social conservative with excellent business and financial credentials; he is a visionary and a leader in our community; he is a husband, a father and most importantly a man of integrity. He is exactly what Iowa needs. With Christian in the race I now believe that I can make the biggest difference for our state, our district, my community and my family by working as a volunteer to help him win the GOP nomination and beat Chet Culver in 2010.
Earlier today, I sent a letter to RPI Chairman Matt Strawn resigning my position on the State Central Committee effective immediately. By resigning now, I hope that the Second District Executive Committee will be able to act quickly and elect my replacement in time for the September State Central Committee meeting. It has been an honor to serve.
Former Second District Representative
State Central Committee – Republican Party of Iowa