Republicans running scared in Iowa House district 6

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The Republican Party of Iowa is spending heavily to defend Iowa House district 6, where voters will choose a successor to State Representative Jim Carlin on January 16. The Iowa GOP did not intervene to support Carlin before last month’s special election for Senate district 3, considered safe Republican territory. Carlin won that race by a little less than 10 percent. Amazingly, the Democratic candidate gained more votes in the half of the district that Carlin has represented in the Iowa House. Campaign finance reports (here and here) show the state GOP has spent more than $118,000, mostly on television and radio commercials in the Sioux City market and direct mail to residents of House district 6. I enclose below the positive television commercial about Republican candidate Jacob Bossman and several direct mail pieces attacking Democratic nominee Rita DeJong. The tv spot relies heavily on an image of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley with his longtime staffer. Grassley headlined a rally to support Bossman on January 13, but the party didn’t have to pay his travel expenses. The senator is passing through western Iowa on the federal government’s dime as part of his annual 99-county tour. House district 6 covers the Morningside area of Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and some other parts of Woodbury County: The tv ad running on Bossman’s behalf has a similar look and feel to several commercials produced for Republican Iowa House candidates during the 2016 election cycle. The narrator has nothing to say about accomplishments or skills Bossman brings to the table–just buzzwords and phrases tailored to appeal to the GOP base. My transcript: Female voice-over: Jacob Bossman. As a father of twin girls, he’ll look out for Iowa families and our futures. [viewer sees photo of Bossman, his wife, and daughters; candidate’s name

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