Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dems Go Negative Too

In this brief article in today's Waterloo Courier, we see that the Dems are up to the same tricks as mentioned about the GOP in the post below.

Last night Rick Dickinson accused Bruce Braley of push polling against him, on an array of issues.

Braley denied it (much like Whalen), and countered that Dickinson was being negative by even suggesting such a thing ever took place. Braley came out the clear winner in this article.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dickinson was against vouchers when he served in the Iowa Legislature. All he's done is change his mind. He can't pick and choose what part of his record he's going to run on. He has to run on all of it.

1:24 PM, May 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take that back, he was FOR vouchers, now he's against them. Hmmm, who does that sound like?

1:25 PM, May 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you weren't attacking Rick Dickinson and now you are...seems like you want it both ways.

2:11 PM, May 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I guess I do. I want Rick to be against vouchers, and I'm glad that he now is. I wish Rick would have been against vouchers when he voted for them, but unfortunately he wasn't. Now I just wish Rick would be honest about his record. Why is that an attack?

2:42 PM, May 18, 2006  
Anonymous Bruce Dickinson said...

Rick is no relation to me, Bruce Dickinson... Yes, THE Bruce Dickinson - The cock of the walk baby!

I may flip flop on the issues just like Rick, but when I do it, I make gold records.

2:42 PM, May 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you verify the vote you are talking about? If so, please produce it.

3:06 PM, May 18, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Sounds to me like Dickinson is much like Dix on the GOP side. They both want to run on their record but not necessarily their WHOLE record.

From what I hear though, Dickinson may have a leg to stand on while Dix does not. Whereas Dix admits to a bad vote or two, and the shortcomings of his budgets are well documented, Dickinson remains adamant that he has ALWAYS been against school vouchers.

On the GOP side Kennedy/Whalen have cited their evidence. Has Braley cited any evidence for these accusations against Dickinson? A news story? A quote from a debate? A legislative vote? Not to my knowledge.

4:06 PM, May 18, 2006  
Anonymous come clean rick said...

Why would this lady lie?

9:50 AM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Rick Dickinson responds in the QC times said...

Dickinson defends record on school vouchers

By Rick Dickinson, Sabula
In a May 11 letter to the editor, Phyllis Thede asked me to clarify my position on school vouchers. She called my response at a recent Davenport Education Association’s Congressional Candidates Forum “a real turn-around.”

I do not nor have I ever supported school vouchers.

Ms. Thede referred to a bill presented in committee when I served on in the Iowa House of Representatives. In 1994, a proposal was made to test new program approaches and technology applications in the classroom through a specific, public-private partnership at what was then McLeod Academy in Marion.

The bill would have authorized the local school board to enter into what is known as a 28-E agreement. It would have leveraged private money to test new concepts through a pilot project. The bill was withdrawn before a vote was taken. I would not have supported it without tough amendments that I proposed.

In a Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated March 17, 1994. I stated: “This is not a ‘voucher bill’ in any way, shape or form.” A school voucher is a program by which certificates are granted to parents to pay for the education of a child using taxpayer money at a school of their choice, rather than at the public school to which they are assigned.

The record shows that no school voucher bills came to a vote in the Iowa House in 1994. Indeed, the leadership of the Iowa State Education Association acknowledges today that the McLeod Academy pilot project had nothing to do with vouchers.

I have always believed that time changes nothing, people with courage and initiative do. That is why I remain open to discussing new and innovative ways to improve the quality of education in the United States and Iowa by using public money to strengthen public schools.

My wife, Rae Ann, has been a public school teacher for more than 30 years. If I am elected to Congress, the most important title in my house will remain “educator.”

I appreciate Miss Thede’s research on my record of service in the Iowa Legislature. Your readers may wish to know that this very topic was brought up, in the same way, in a negative “push poll” conducted by my opponent, Bruce Braley, who has been distorting my record since last year.

I invite Ms. Thede and other voters to contact me directly with any questions about this issue or any other as they relate to my 15 years of service in public office or as a candidate for the U.S. Congress.

My campaign email address is: I will call you back personally. You don’t need to rely on the misinformation being distributed through Mr. Braley’s negative campaign tactics. I will be accountable directly to you.

10:20 AM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, it's not a voucher program because Rick says it's not a voucher program, and he didn't support it except for when he supported it with his additions, and he didn't vote on it solely because it was pulled before a vote.

So a non-voucher, voucher program that Dickinson supported (with his additions)that had his support until the bill was pulled.

That's a great denial.

10:25 AM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you must really dislike this guy!

10:56 AM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I don't dislike him. I don't know him well enough to like or dislike him. I don't like dishonesty and 'smoke and mirrors'. Run on your record, all of your record, and deal with the fall-out. Be honest, be straight and admit mistakes. But being slippery and evasive makes me sick.

11:18 AM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get back to work Debi...

12:07 PM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Why does the truth bother you so much? said...

I believe I am working, Keith. Shouldn't you be busy preparing your candidate with 101-lawyer jokes for tonight's debate?

1:13 PM, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the debate went well

7:42 AM, May 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kudos Bill

8:27 AM, May 20, 2006  

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