Enthusiastic Crowd Greets Roxanne Conlin in Muscatine!

Enthusiastic Crowd Greets Roxanne Conlin in Muscatine!



by Dave Bradley


“…a crowd this size for a
house party was amazing! …really encouraging was the number of new faces I saw in the crowd
– faces I have never seen before and several that no one knew. And
the crowd was extremely enthusiastic, including giving Roxanne a
standing ovation on her entrance.”


Roxanne Conlin brought her bid to
replace Republican Chuck Grassley to Muscatine Friday night at a
house party hosted By Karl and Linda Reichert.

The Reicherts are the proud owners
of the Strawberry Farm Bed and Breakfast in Muscatine. They are also
the proud parents of Iowa Democratic legislator Nathan Reichert.
Nathan represents District 80 in the Iowa legislature which includes the
city of Muscatine and a few outlying townships.

For those whose memories of last
week’s heatwave have already been forgotten, Friday night was hot,
humid and stormy. Roxanne’s arrival was delayed by the storm. But
the 70 or so in attendance didn’t seem to mind.

Having lived in Muscatine County
when times were much leaner for Democrats, a crowd this size for a
house party was amazing! Of course there were many of the stalwarts.
But really encouraging was the number of new faces I saw in the crowd
– faces I have never seen before and several that no one knew. And
the crowd was extremely enthusiastic, including giving Roxanne a
standing ovation on her entrance.

Nathan Reichert introduced Roxanne.
Nathan is well known in Muscatine for his emphasis on kitchen table
issues – jobs, education and health care. Tonight his focus was on
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

Roxanne picked up right where Nathan
left off, focusing on jobs and the horrific job our current senator
has done in attempting to stop anything that will create jobs for
Iowans. She then went on to decry Grassley for his unwillingness to
debate her. Ms. Conlin would like a series of Lincoln-Douglas style
debates where each opponent questions the other.  Grassley has agreed
to only one moderated joint appearance.

Refusing debates can only serve one
purpose – to keep Grassley’s record hidden from Iowa voters. I am
not sure what we as voters can do to push for more debates. One
little joint appearance is hardly enough to help people decide. This
year voters need as much information as they can get.  Perhaps letters
to the editor of the major papers or TV stations would help.

Roxanne also mentioned how
significant a win would be for a woman in Iowa – one of only two
states to have never elected a woman to one of the state’s major
positions. The other state is Mississippi. This discussion dovetailed
with a little history that Reichert gave in his introduction.

In Nathan’s introduction, he
mentioned how solid Republican Muscatine had been. Then how he was
the first Democrat elected from Muscatine in over 40 years in 2004.
Then he became the first Democrat ever re-elected in 2006. Then he
did it again in 2008. Muscatine went decades before Esther Dean
became the lone Democratic supervisor and Muscatine’s only elected
Democrat in 2002. Now the Democrats have 4 of 5 seats on the board of
Supervisors and the sheriff is a Democrat. This year Democrats will
run a full slate of candidates including all county positions. An
incredible turnaround in a short time. If Muscatine can do this, Iowa
can elect a woman Senator.

Roxanne Conlin will need help from
each and every Democrat in the state. She needs money – there is no
way she can compete with Grassley’s corporate givers. She needs
folks to make calls, knock doors, put signs in their yards and
especially to tell their friends and neighbors that they support
Roxanne Conlin!

Don’t wake up on November 3rd
with a Grassley hangover. Work to avoid it now! 


Dave
Bradley


E-mail Dave here

Dave Bradley is a self-described
retired observer of American politics “trying to figure out how we got
so screwed up.” 
An
Iowa City native currently living in West Liberty,  Dave and his wife
Carol have two grown children who “sadly had to leave the state to find
decent paying jobs.


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