Thursday, May 11, 2006

More Controversy in GOP Primary

While Bill Dix has been trying his hardest to make news during the last week with a flurry of press releases, he was unfortunately largely ignored by the media (lucky for Whalen).

That is, until today. Much to Camp Dix's dismay though, it wasn't Dix's story that was written. Rather, the 1st District press picked up on a release by the Kennedy campaign yesterday highlighting the fact that while Dix may try to be tough on illegal immigration now that he's running for Congress, just two years ago he voted to give illegal immigrants discounted tuition to Iowa's public universities at you, Joe Taxpayer's, expense. Awesome job, Bill.

Even more interesting to me though, was the resonse from the Dix Campaign. In this article from the Quad City Times, Dix's spokesman calls the vote "a mistake that he wouldn't repeat."

So, my questions are: Does Dix, who, keep in mind is running on his record not rhetoric, flip-flop on issues often, depending on public opinion at the time? Does he not understand what he's voting for when he's casting his AYES and NAYS? Or, is he simply pandering now in this tough-on-illegal-immigration GOP primary?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gotta give it to the Kennedy folks. This is a good shot on Dix, who always says "look at my record". Well, we're looking and we don't like what we see.

10:49 AM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Yeah this is a tough blow to his message. It's nice he admits a mistake, but he has to wonder, is my bad record better than my competitors' no record? In this instance, after Dix has built up his record so much, I think it is not.

10:52 AM, May 11, 2006  
Blogger Maverick said...

Scoop:

Where is Whalen on all this? I saw his campaign's response, but what has he said about this issue?

12:35 PM, May 11, 2006  
Anonymous RINO Hunter said...

you mean Dumas' response. Whalens can't think on his feet and answer questions that aren't prepared ahead of time or he gets all flustered, red in the face and starts wheezing like a 9 yer old asthmatic.

7:50 AM, May 12, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Yeah Whalen has been pretty silent lately. As mentioned in this post, Dix tried during the last week to hit him on education and on Iraq/Republicanism. Whalen sits silent. Dumas responded on his behalf on Dix's record, but he didn't join the fight. I think he's just trying to wait it out, thinking he just might still win this thing if he tries real hard to lay low and not piss off even more Republicans before June 6.

8:04 AM, May 12, 2006  

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