February 28, 2005

Mike Whalen

Late last night in a darkened parking garage, an alert Dopester gave The Dope a scoop concerning Mike Whalen's announcement of his candidacy today. (OK, it wasn't in a garage, it was in a comment on the blog, but it WAS late.) He strongly urged The Dope to attend.

Though he mentioned it was in Davenport, he wasn't able to provide a location for this event. And no time either. This might make it a little tough for people to attend.

Davenport is a largish town, and I don't feel like driving around all day and night on the off chance I might stumble across this event. So we're told it's going to happen, where and when is anyone's guess at this time.

For those of you unfamiliar with Whalen, he's got a very impressive resume. Take a look at his personal web site which provides his writings on various topics including his idea of how to "fix" Social Security, and further information.

"Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Heart of America Restaurants & Inns, developed, owns and operates 25 restaurants and hotels in eight metropolitan areas of five Midwestern states. The accidental entrepreneur began with a failed 100-seat coffee shop in Davenport, IA after graduation from Harvard Law School."

Whalen's candidacy will be worth keeping an eye on.


At 2/28/2005 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Whalen is a nice guy, but his effort here are misplaced.

In my opinion, Whalen should have run for Governor instead of Congress.

Don't you think Whalen would have be a better chief executive than a legislator?

In addtion, won't Whalen's radical views on Social Security hobble his fledgling Congressional campaign?

Instead of leading Iowa's off a pier that holds stable social security, wouldn't it make better sense for Whalen to stay put and help solve local economic problems?

Imagine if "Harvard educated Mike Whalen," was as passionate about improving our local economy, as he is about doing Bush's bidding on social security. Now that's an area were Whalen would find lots and lots of support. From my perspective, Whalen campaign is too much DC and way too little Iowa! Too bad, so sad --- wasted talent, watsed energy!

At 2/28/2005 4:54 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

Mike Whalen is a bright guy, a quick talker, a good salesman, an example of business success. But, for me, he's too conservative and too much a carbon copy of someone like incumbent Jim Nussle.

Over there you need a moderate Democrat who can appeal to independents and republicans to win. Not sure who that is.

At 2/28/2005 5:03 PM, Anonymous Pete Townshend said...

who are you dope: who who, who who

At 2/28/2005 9:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm Baba O'Riley

At 3/01/2005 5:12 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Whalen probably wouldn't be my pick to represent Iowa, but hopefully his presence with liven up the race.

At 3/05/2005 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody should ask Walen and he should answer he question of how he happened to get the truckload, of antiques from the Wichelman estate in Davenport, behind the Ranzow Paint store. The couple died leaving 3/4 a million dollars worth of stock and its legal flight is another untold Waterman story.


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