Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Republicrat Whalen

Quad Cities Backstage blog finally picked up (nearly a week late) my post about Whalen hosting Al Gore for lunch at the Iowa Machine Shed.

Liberal Lion asserts that I did no research in questioning Whalen's Republican credentials, and sites FEC contribution reports as my downfall.

I comented on that blog that there is no question that Whalen has supported Republicans along the way too, but that the underlying problem with his back and forth is that his GOP primary voters aren't sure they can trust him to always put their Republican values above his personal gains.

Here is what I commented to The Lion:

Scoop Iowa said...

Mike Whalen may be a Republican, but the question before GOP voters in the primary is, "How true is Mike Whalen to his Republican principles?"

The point of the post at Iowa's First was to raise this question. While Liberal Lion is correct that Whalen's contributions to Republicans far outnumber his donations to Dems, if you do an FEC search for the other two candidates in the primary (Bill Dix and Brian Kennedy) you will not find a single contribution to a Democrat. Not one...and Kennedy has made a lot of political contributions.

So, you have to ask yourself what motivated Whalen to donate to the Dems. The only logical conclusion in this case, just like in the cases where he hosted Gore and Edwards during their campaigns, is that it made good business sense. He put profits over his supposedly Republican principles.

The problem for Mike is that voters in a primary for either party want someone they know they can count on to represent them and their core beliefs. Primary voters don't want to elect someone like Duke Cunningham who puts their personal interests ahead of thier principles.

The word is out among real conservatives, and while Mike Whalen may be a Republican, they know he is not truly one of them.
7:33 AM

No doubt there are people out there with more complete knowledge of the Iowa's First District than me. Am I way off base here, or is Whalen losing ground because the word is out on his questionable practices for personal profits?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think you're off-base with this one. You've posted before about small donations and a Dem presidential candidate stopping by for lunch, but never gone so far as to draw this conclusion. If you're ever on the road in the 1st CD, you'll be bombarded with support for Whalen. His barn signs are everywhere. Also, I know you try to discredit his polls, but they are the only ones taken so they have to be worth something. I think you're wrong.

3:00 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop you are dead on. Whalen's support seems to be a mile wide (as noted by Anon above), but only an inch deep. He's probably renting space for those signs, and I bet half of those "supporters" won't even go vote for him on election day.

3:17 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous - you are totally wrong.

First - just because a poll is the only poll around doesn't make it accurate. For many years people thought the earth was flat, and that was the only idea around. But it was wrong.

Second - Mike's signs are on the property of a guy with whom he does business deals. (AKA someone who has something financial to gain by supporting this sham of a candidacy.) They were put out by people who were paid to put them up. Not exactly a groundswell of grassroots support.

3:28 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...


Nice job. I have been screeming for weeks that Mike Whalen is a RINO and does not deserve the vote of any conservative in the 1st CD.

To sum up...

1. $ to Dave Nagle in his race against Nussle.

2. $ to the Iowa Democratic Party.

3. Supported Ross Perot in 1992 against Bush 41.

4. Supports a tax increase on social security benefits.

5. Hosted Al Gore at his restaurant during the 2000 general election.

6. Helped bring riverboat gambling to Eastern Iowa.

At no time has Mike Whalen or his minister of propaganda Brian Dumas ever attempted to explain ANY of these actions.

Now he's being investigated by the FEC!!!

So, Anon 5:00 pm WTF are you talking about?

3:32 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a primary little things matter. Whalen may be an up-and-up Republican, but if Dix or Kennedy can prove they are MORE republican than Whalen they'll get more party loyalty. After the primary the candidate has to inch toward the middle to pick up Moderate Dem/No Party voters. Whalen has tried to swim in the middle of the stream while being a Republican, that just doesn't work in a primary.

4:04 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beyond the donations, let's look at the following:

On ethanol, the future of energy independence and Iowa's lifeline: Whalen was a Board member of an violently anti-ethanol group funded by Exxon Mobil...and then he comes out and says he is for ethanol.

On immigration, he looks only to some sort of national ID card to protect employers, like his hotels and restaruants.

On taxes, he speaks some sort of 1980's pablum, but offers no specifics.

On the FEC investigation, he has said nothing.

On the Democrat donation thing, he's said nothing.

He doesn't show up to events.

He has 6 signs up along I-74, hardly a show of great strength.

He has a delusional sense of self worth, an ego larger than the state of Texas, and will ultimately spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in a fool's chase to be loved and wanted by Republicans in the 1st.

But they know that Mike Whalen is a fake. A fraud. Someone who will say anything, do anything, just to get elected.

10:44 PM, March 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of his signs are on property owned by his corporation. Another illegal contribution from his company.

What a dumas.

1:39 PM, March 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Kennedy ever fraternized with elected Democrats when he was a lobbyist in DC? I suppose one could make the same conclusion about him that Scoop Iowa has made about Whalen.

3:48 PM, March 30, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Well find some documentation about Kennedy giving to Dems, hosting Dems, or supporting Dems, and I'll do a post about it.

4:26 PM, March 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kennedy is a committed conservative Republican. He has never flinched when it comes to where he stands on the issues or in the Party. Whalen volunteering for H. Ross Perot was an act of high political treason in the Republican Party. It gave us Bill Clinton.

Also, Whalen's soft-on-immigration stance with respect to border security and employer accountability is going to put the final stake in his moderate heart.

He's toast. A burnt pork chop. Send it back to the kitchen. And check the green cards while you're at it.

4:31 PM, March 30, 2006  

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