R Picks D: Monday, retired architect Mark Rees announced he is endorsing Des Moines Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell. Boswell’s campaign had promoted the event with this headline:
Boswell to Hold Press Conference with New Republican Endorsement
Some Republicans had questioned how “Republican” Rees really is/was. He was a registered Democrat when he filed to run as a Republican in Des Moines’ 3rd Congressional District. He ran as the most left/most moderate (whatever words you want to use) candidate of the 7 Republican choices and finished 4th in the June primary. He said he has voted for both parties in the past. Today, Rees didn’t say anything bad about Zaun. His toughest words, perhaps, were when a reporter asked if Zaun was too extreme for the party and Rees responded, “yes”. Rees just said he respects how Boswell handles himself and the two have agreement on certain issues.
And this came to me from the Republican Party of Iowa:
If you’re covering the Rees/Boswell endorsement today, here is a quote from Executive Director Jim Anderson, for your consideration:
“Voters should take Mr. Rees’ comments with a grain of salt, given in recent years he has been a registered and active Democrat, participating in their primary as recently as 2006.”
There’s speculation this race could be Boswell’s toughest since he first got elected to Congress back in 1996 when he beat former GOP State Chairman Mike Mahaffey. Boswell had by far his closest race then when he won by just 1%. Will what Rees has to say sway any Republicans/Independents Boswell’s way? Does holding the announcement show how tough the Boswell campaign knows this race will be?
Here are a few reactions to the announcement:
Zaun Campaign Reaction to Rees Endorsement
Please attribute this statement to Robert Haus, campaign spokesman for Brad Zaun:
“When he announced his bid for Congress, Mark Rees said, ‘I am proud to say these (nominating) signatures were collected one door and one handshake at a time. The people I met were eager to share their opinions and ideas, but most of all their frustration with career politicians and business as usual in Washington.’ theiowarepublican.com, March 18, 2010.
Mark has now thrown his support behind a 14-year, career politician who embodies ‘business as usual’ in Washington, DC. Apparently the frustrations Mark heard at the door have been forgotten for political expediency.”
Must See Recorded TV: How do you watch your favorite tv shows (I mean, besides the Channel 13 news, especially on the weekends, which you never miss. Right?!) A new survey shows barely half of Americans watch live television shows. The others watch their shows only after they record them on their Tivo or DVR (do people still use VCR’s?). I can’t imagine this is good news for advertisers. How do you watch? I must say we DVR almost all our favorite shows. Of course, now with a baby in the house, it’s really the only way to do it. Other than watching my beloved Cardinals on tv (although, they’re not quite as beloved right now), I don’t know hardly any programs I watch live. News and sports may be the exceptions. And I’m noticing we watch more of our news recorded than we ever have.