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US Senate Candidate Killed in Eastern Iowa Plane Crash

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Dr. Douglas Butzier posted this picture to his Facebook page October 3 (Facebook)

Dr. Douglas Butzier posted this picture to his Facebook page October 3 (Facebook)

ANKENY, Iowa — A candidate for US Senate was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed in eastern Iowa Monday night.

The plane took off from the Des Moines metro.

Dr. Douglas Butzier, of Dubuque, was killed when his single-engine Piper PA-46 crashed Monday night while approaching the Dubuque Regional Airport in Dubuque, KWWL confirmed.

The FAA says the plane went down a mile north of the runway at about 11 p.m. The plane took off from the Ankeny Regional Airport an hour earlier.

Officers told the FAA that the 59-year-old was the only person in the plane.

Butzier, a doctor at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, was the Libertarian candidate for US Senate running against Rep. Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst. His website states he was running because of his concern for the national debt and opposition to Obamacare.

Braley and Ernst both issued statements saying they are “saddened” by the news and offered their condolences to Butzier’s family.

The NTSB is investigating the crash.



  • do ur job

    Its pathetic that the only time you hear about an alternative to Brairnst is in a posthumous side note. My condolences to his family and friends.

    • iamjoespinkyfinger

      Libertarian candidates don’t get a lot of play because they don;t have a good grasp of reality.

      Libertarian principles are rather hard to implement in a country where the most power is in the hands of the most corrupt.

      Essentially they want to change the rules of the game to make it fair, without having any solution as to how you take back all the power and wealth gained dishonestly and resetting the score, so in reality, libertarians would simply gurantee that we have a corrupt system forever.

  • D

    I think it’s always suspect when a rival political candidate is killed in an ‘accident’ immediately before an important election.

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