April 4, 2005

3rd GOP candidate announces for Iowa 1st District contest

Brian Kennedy, the former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, said Monday that he will run for Congress in the state’s 1st District, making him the third GOP candidate to file organizational papers with the Federal Election Commission, or FEC.

Kennedy, 41, of Bettendorf, said he brings unique experience to the field. A lawyer and former lobbyist, he has worked in politics for years. As a congressman, Kennedy said, he would focus on creating higher-paying jobs in eastern Iowa. “I want to be a catalyst for regional economic development,” he added.

In addition to chairing the state party in 1995-96, he is former executive director of the Republican Governors Association and has been a senior adviser to candidates for several offices, including U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s 2000 presidential bid.

He worked for several years as a lobbyist in Washington before returning to Iowa last year to work on the Campaign of One initiative.

He is affiliated with Gallagher, Millage & Gallagher, a Davenport-based law firm. By filing papers, Kennedy will work to organize at the grass-roots level and raise money for the effort. His campaign manager is Carol Earnhardt, an experienced Republican activist from Davenport.

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At 4/05/2005 6:27 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

Kennedy has a great ballot name, but he's in the wrong party for that name. A ballot name like Kennedy probably gives him a point or two in a contested primary.

Whalen sounds too much like a whale and, therefore, probably costs Mike a few points in a close primary.

The other names are ballot-neutral, in Blue State's opinion.

At 4/09/2005 6:55 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Well, Whalen has the big bucks but unfortunately for him, his public speaking voice is faltering and weak - a big liability for any politician to overcome as a new guy running for office.

Nussle will have the big party power and will become the front runner and is sure to run.

At 4/10/2005 7:13 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Someday, I assume you mean that Nussle is sure to run for Gov. Or are you suggesting that he'll run for his Senate seat again?

At 4/16/2005 2:44 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope - For certain Nussle is gonna run for Gov. The insiders are already lining up for a contest in an open Seat for Congress. Gluba has been seen driving a van painted with Gluba for Congress.

Could we get a Dem in that district? Would Nussle be too busy to help his successor try for it - or would he care? Nussle can only run for one - and it's gonna be Gov. The Rubs in the know have been buzzing about it for over 2 years now.

The only reason some of the big Republicans have not jumped in with both feet is they are watching the leader of their party - Nussle.

At 5/20/2005 7:04 AM, Blogger dbcooperscooper said...

All off the Republican candidates are in favor of and support Bush's plan to privatize Social Security. Whalen is basing his campaign on it.

Kennedy is a party hack and former hatchet man for Branstad.

Dix is a right winger who wants to shut the government down - like a young Newt Gingrich.

Where is the appeal?

The Dem field is shaping up...this will be Gluba's 4th time running, so his appeal is obviously limitied. There is a trial lawyer - just what we need in congress...right?

Keep your eye on Rick Dickinson - The economic development guy from Dubuque. Out of all of them, he seems to be the one who has actually done something by bringing a lot jobs to the area.


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