Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Dix Takes Aim

An interesting development was brought to my attention by a commenter to the post below.

At issue is a radio ad which begins airing today for the Kennedy campaign. The ad can be found on his website.

Despite Kennedy's tough stance on immigration, and his trip to the border last week to see first-hand the situation and show how serious he is about this issue, Dix thinks he has nothing to back up his tough-guy attitude.

Dix says in a release, “I’m proud to have a real record, not a campaign of empty rhetoric,” Dix said. “Brian Kennedy has never taken a vote as an elected official or written a bill or passed a law. Just this week I voted for legislation that will curb illegal immigration. I am proud to be the author of a tough bill to curb illegal immigration that is moving through the Iowa legislature.”

His campaign manager also calls Kennedy a "...Washington lobbyist playing Washington games."

In response to the Dix attack, Kennedy returned fire with a release of his own.

Kennedy calls Dix's immigration proposal goofy, saying, "For Bill Dix to suggest he has a record of doing something about illegal immigration is laughable. For ten years he has sat in the Iowa House and failed to lead on this issue. Now, three months before a congressional primary, he is pushing a goofy idea his political consultants suggested about illegal immigrants and home mortgages."

We'll see how this shapes up. Today has been a big day for the GOP attacking itself. Will Dix join Kennedy on the attack against Whalen? Will Whalen join Dix on the attack against Kennedy? Right now it looks like every man for themself!


Blogger Burton Rider said...

Dix's "real record" on immigration consists of nothing, nada, zip - in ten years in the Iowa House until a few short months before the Congressional primary. Now a ridiculous and unnecessary bill to stop the illegal immigrants from getting home mortgages? Was this the biggest problem - because I thought the real issues raised by illegal immigration were crime, pressure on the school system and local services, health care, and their impact on the job market.

It's "Me Too" Dix, if you ask me. Come with something stronger than that, puh-lease!

And by the way, we do know Dix has a real record. It's a record of consistently spending more as Appropriations Chairman than the state was taking in. If you're happy with the state budget and want more of the same on the federal budget, Dix is your guy. But if you want real immigration reform and someone who hasn't learned to overspend the government checkbook, take a look at Brian Kennedy.

3:17 PM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want a Washington, DC lobbyist... then I guess you want Brian Kennedy.

1:16 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Is a past lobbyist inherently bad? Everyone throws this around when they're in a name-calling mood.

I guess I'm not ready to discriminate for someone because they spent some time in a city like Washington just like I don't rule out Bill Dix because he's spent nearly his whole life in the tiny town of Shell Rock whose 1300 residents only make up about 1/3 of 1% of the voters on the first district, or Mike Whalen because he grew up in Illinois.

If someone can tell me some specifics about what makes Brian Kennedy inherently evil because he has had a lobbying practice, I'll be glad to give it some consideration, and maybe even it's own post.

Of course all discourse is always welcome here, but until then, it's just name-calling to me.

2:00 PM, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that the Kennedy staff is finished collecting their petition signatures I guess they have nothing better to do...another well crafted post "scoop"...

3:06 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Look, you can call Kennedy a carpet-bagger, political hack, professional operative, etc. all you want on my blog. I was just curious as to why the name of the week seems to be Washington lobbyist (by both the Dix campaign...see yesterday's release on their website...and Anon).

3:36 PM, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Close, but, you forgot money-bags. If Kennedy had not put his "own" cash into his "grass-roots" campaign he would have no money left in his campaign account!?!

I'm sure the Dix campaign has better things to do then to post on this blog...I think the Kennedy campaign would be better off just instant messenging to each other than to go to all the trouble of blogging back and forth to each other.

5:35 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Maverick said...


Hey, I just jumped off the Krusty Konservative blog, where the same "anonymous" had plastered me.
Same stupid IM comment. He/she thought I was Kennedy. Now you.

Whatever, I've got pretty thick skin. Apparently unlike those in the Dix campaign who are looking for bogeymen on blogs.

I have one guiding principle in my political choices. If a candidate is arrogant and expects to be annointed, well then I'm probably gonna vote for the other guy. Nothing makes me madder. It's my vote dammit, and no candidate should just expect to have it handed to them.

I don't give a rat's behind how much money Bill Dix has raised. He's been bending arms and collecting favors for ten years. Where do you think the PAC people who want something from him this year will be giving?

I don't care how many of his State legislator buddies are going to endorse him, like they could or would endorse anyone else.

What I DO care about is the fact that after visiting his website, I can't really tell you what he stands for. I mean, it's really disappointing.

He's not gonna get my vote because he's raised the most money, or because the highest number of senior citizen bumpkin legislators endorse him.

He'll get my vote if, and only if, he can show me that he can stand in the trenches and kick the snot out of the Democrat who wins that primary. He'll win my vote when he shows me he can stand in there, take the fire, and return on target.

And he won't be able to show me that until he shows me he can conduct himself in a primary.

6:56 PM, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh if your looking for a guy who will stand in the trenches, wouldn't you go with the candidate who has fought for this party, for our principles, in this state for the past 10 years? Wouldn't you want a guy that had to fight the Democrats in the State House tooth and nail to acheive results?

Or maybe by "stand in the trenches" you mean moving in and out of the state whenever in benefits your political career? Maybe "standing in the trenches" means wearing a $2000 dollar suit to your Northern Virginia high rise?

Also, I'm sure those "senior citizen bumpkin" legislators really missed having Brian in Iowa anyway since his staffers have such little regard for their service to this state. I guess its easy to look down on the guys that are actually serving this district when you've spent so much time hobnobbing inside the beltway. I don't find those comments to be either respectful or appropriate to the folks that make sacrifices on our behalf.

8:36 PM, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know who you're speaking for. Dix letting our state's budget grow exponentially in the last decade (part of which was during his tenure as Chairman of the Apporpriations Committee) is not part of MY guiding principles as a Republican.

I don't care where a candidate's lived, or how nice or shabby his clothes are. What I do care about is actual results (Dix talks alot about his, but can't seem to enumerate any of them), or great new ideas that could achieve results when given the opportunity. That's what this race should be about.

And as far as state legislators' sacrifices go...let's get serious. Anyone elected to public office, be it Mayor, Statehouse, U.S. Congress, Governor, etc., is there because they want to be. There's no fighting to get elected and then asking for sympathy because they got the job they asked for.

8:54 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Maverick said...

Hey Anon the Accuser:

I speak for myself. That's the great thing about America. I can do it. You don't have to listen, but I can talk all day if I want.

And do NOT tell me about the "sacrifices" that these guys make. I respect many of them. But the "sacrifices" that are made every day are by hardworking Iowans, who ship off amazing amounts of tax dollars to the Golden Dome and expect that those dollars be handled wisely.

Who makes the sacrifice in these two situations: First, a family with two kids that sends thousands of their hard earned dollars to Des Moines every year through one of the most arcane tax systems in the history of man....or a state legislator who gets paid a yearly salary, a daily stipend, and a great retirement system.

Please, don't tell me that they "sacrifice" every day. It makes a mockery of that word.

"Sacrifice" is for the current House member and Sen. Chuck Larson, who served their country in Iraq. "Sacrifice" means giving something up.

I don't know who you are, and maybe that's a good thing. But you get my blood boiling faster than two cups of cheap coffee.

5:51 AM, March 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, what Maverick said.

More importantly than who lives where and who has done more for the party is which of the candidates knows the difference between state and federal issues. Bill Dix is definately cut out for the statehouse and that is it. When he can control his own appropriations committee spending we can then talk about something higher up. Not until then though.

Brian Kennedy has been sending out mass e-mails to anyone he can pleeding with them to visit his website to listen to a debate with all three candidates with the questions and answers right there for all to hear. On the other hand, Dix would rather pretend he never shared a stage with Kennedy. And Whalen... Well Whalen has far too many issues with giving money to nagle, the democratic party, the FEC violations, and supporting Ross Perot, so I don't want to pick on him. That would be cruel.

As for the anonymously gay duo, I can't imagine how big the Kennedy campaign staff must be given that anyone who supports him must be a staffer. (rolls eyes)

12:47 PM, March 06, 2006  

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