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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Roving Citizen's First Report

[Update -- picture added by Bell Curve. Roving Citizen is kinda new at this ;)]

Dear Readers,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Roving Citizen. I am The Citizens' virtual election correspondent. I will report on local political races in any area that one of The Citizens (or one of our friends) has personal experience.

My first report is from the Second Congressional District of Iowa. This is a solidly Democratic district that includes a college town (Iowa City) and lots of union voters (especially in Cedar Rapids). Despite this, the Iowa Second is represented by a "moderate" Republican, Jim Leach (good name for a Bush/De Lay/Cheney Republican). Here is what says about Leach's ideological position. Leach is adept at appearing less extremist than the Party to which he belongs. However, when it comes down to it, Leach is a party man. When it comes to reigning in abuses of power by the Bush administration, he's as loyal as the most frothing at the mouth Christian Fundamentalist Jihadist. Leach also never saw a tax cut or a spending bill he didn't like. A balanced budget is not his primary concern. Finally, Leach is a strong supporter of privatizing Social Security.

Leach is being challenged by Dave Loebsack, a political science professor from Cornell College - a small, private, liberal arts college outside of Cedar Rapids. Loesback doesn't have enough of a political record to show up on However, I've heard the man speak and he's got a real Horatio Alger story. He grew up very poor in Sioux City, IA. I have to say I was not impressed with this personal presence or charisma. But in today's climate, I would say the make up of the district will be his greatest asset. People around here are mad as hell about Bush. Even the once omnipresent "Support Our Troops/God Bless America" bumper stickers are nearly completely absent now. At a local Democratic Party Caucus the delegates were unanimous in their desire to see Bush impeached. That won't happen with so called "moderate" Republicans like Leach representing them.

The feel of the district is that Republicans are a little down in the mouth and Democrats are fighting mad. In a district where turnout could really dominate an off year election, Leach could be in real trouble.

That's my first report in. I'm off to my virtual time/space machine to report on another district!


Anonymous said...

Out here in LA, we don't really have any obvious districts that are "in play" like the 2d Iowa district. Check out election projection  for a take on how 2006 will turn out. The man who runs it is an avowed Christian conservative, but links are okay.  

// posted by LTG

Anonymous said...

LTG, don't forget Duke Cunningham's open seat up in the CA 15 district around Gilroy and Los Gatos. Hey Rover! Go check out the scene in the CA 15! 

// posted by Raised By Republicans

Anonymous said...

That's CA-50, actually. I would love to see a report on that district. 

// posted by Bell Curve

Anonymous said...

FYI: Duke Cunningham is North County San Diego.


// posted by LTG

Roving Citizen said...

Roving Citizen here.

This is the only Dem running in CA50 (which LTG correctly points out is San Diego, not San Jose).

There's a special election on April 11th to replace Duke Cunningham. 6 Rep, 1 Dem are running. A runoff, if need be, will be held on June 6 (California's primary election day). She is on the Cardiff School Board, and a professor of women's studies at Cal-State San Marcos. According to the NC Times, Registered Republicans number 159,875 versus 107,026 Democrats. Nonpartisan voters are at 77,377.

Anonymous said...

Thanks RC. You wouldn't happen to know how many Republicans are running would you? 

// posted by Raised By Republicans