Wednesday, March 01, 2006

UPDATE on Whalen's Political Confusion...

...OR IS IT?

Today Ed Tibbetts reports for the Quad Cities Times on Republican candidate Mike Whalen's past donations to Democratic candidates and causes. The story first broke on Brian Kennedy's website where he posted in response to a question that Whalen donated to liberal Dave Nagle's 1992 campaign against Republican Jim Nussle. The following year, Whalen also made a contribution to the Democratic Party of Iowa. Both donations are documented and verifiable, with links from Kennedy's site for all to view.

In response to the news of his donations, Whalen says he doesn't remember doing it.

Apparently he is even more politically confused than I first thought.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's an idea: Mike Blouin could dump Andy McGuire as his running mate, and pick up Mike Whalen, who obviously has his own Democratic credentials. Might also make it easier for Blouin to raise money - since Whalen is so good at dumping cash into his own race.

Then voters in the Iowa 1st will have two real Republicans to choose from. Let the best conservative win (and my advice is to pick someone tough enough to take on the Democrats. I think we can see who that is.)

8:12 AM, March 01, 2006  
Blogger Maverick said...

I agree with Anonymous. Great idea.

Let's be clear about something in this race for Iowa's 1st CD. The Democrats want this seat badly. Really badly. In fact, it's in the top five seats they hope to pick up in 2006. Bruce Braley has already raised more money than is housed in Fort Knox, and Rick Dickinson isn't too far behind him. Make no mistake, these guys are serious as a heart attack about being their party's nominee.

And with either Braley or Dickinson, you will have an effective, well funded and aggressive candidate. And the DNC and the DNCC will dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into this race.

And it won't be fluffy, kiss-your-puppy advertising. Republicans will be accused of everything under the sun, and it will be a negative, nasty race.

My point is this: knowing what we're up against, why on Earth would we put someone on the ballot to defend our ideals and our party who has a track record of working AGAINST our ideals and our party? Why on Earth would we nominate Mike he can be lead to slaughter like a pork chop at the Machine Shed?

Whalen needs to put his considerable ego on hold, and tend to his business interests. Let two real Republicans, Brian Kennedy and Bill Dix, fight this primary out over the issues.

We need the best candidate on the field on June 8. Mike Whalen isn't fit to run as a Republican.

10:01 AM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Look at the release Dix put out today. Looks like suddenly, Brian Kennedy is the candidate that everyone is shooting at. That's for good reason: he's the best candidate to put on the field for the general election.

11:02 AM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Apparently he's got an itchy trigger finger. One of his opponents goes up on the radio and he thinks it's a quail. He musta been hunting with the Vice President lately.

Dix FIRES! and buckshot is raining down on everyone! DUCK! IT'S DIX!

Kennedy and Whalen better start wearing safety orange caps when they show up to a debate with Bill "The Gunslinger" Dix.

6:07 PM, March 01, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I don't know if I would say Dix is too quick to the punch. He missed out almost completely on the FEC complaint against Whalen, and has pretty much simply stayed in his corner of the district while Kennedy and Whalen go after each other until now.

Although I don't understand his timing or issue choice on this one, I commend him for finally getting aggressive.

8:03 PM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am sensing something here in this race. We have a 2006 version of Fred Grandy on our hands in Mike Whalen.

Meandering political journey, support given to a party when it's convenient to ego-driven plans, and convenient memory loss about prior political activities.

Grandy's true colors were shown when he was shown the exit door in a spirited and hard fought primary battle with former Gov. Branstad. After losing, he packed up his bags, left the state, didn't help his party, and never returned.

I expect nothing less from Mike Whalen beginning on June 8.

8:53 PM, March 01, 2006  
Blogger Krusty said...

Heck the only thing Whalen would have to move is his home, his Corp HQ is already out of State

12:57 PM, March 02, 2006  
Anonymous Jester said...

Whalen's democratic past is shameless.

For the record:

Supported Nagle over Nussle.


Supported the Iowa Democratic Party financially.


Supported Ross Perot in '92.


I'm too close for missles... switching to guns....

12:55 PM, March 06, 2006  

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