Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Courier 1st District Breakdown

This past weekend the Waterloo Courier had a great article breaking down the competitive 1st District race. It is very comprehensive and talks about candidate strengths, weaknesses, lay of the land in the district, and issue stances. I recommend reading the entire piece.

One piece of the article that interested me was the "Moving Forward" section. It has been documented (on this blog even) that Bill Gluba is actively campaigning for Bruce Braley. Brian Kennedy says he is being helpful to Whalen however he can, and that the GOP primary was not so divisive that the party couldn't come together afterward. Dix and Dickinson either declined to comment or could not be reached, though it is noted that Dickenson offers a message of support on his website.

We all know the primaries on both sides were bruising, hard-fought battles. In this swing district, where winning hinges on who can pick up the most Independents, niether Braley or Whalen can afford to lose the support of what should be their party base moving into November. Hopefully all previous candidates will come together actively behind their party's nominee to make this a good fight through the General. I would hate to see the race won or lost based on bitterness/divisiveness amongst supporters.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Real Sporer said...

Republicans in the 1st District should ask themselves one question-do you want to wake up to a world in which we call Nancy Pelosi "Madam Speaker".

That prospect should produce an 80% turnout for Whalen.

8:49 PM, July 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Primary was the most interesting aspect of this campaign. So far the General election race has been nothing but warmed over pablum from both candidates.

11:59 AM, August 01, 2006  

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