July 26, 2006

Lykam feeling the heat

As noted on the "Iowa's First" blog, a go-to source for information on Iowa's hot 1st district senate race, the Iowa 85th house district race is also attracting some bigfoot national attention, as documented in this Ed Tibbetts piece in the QC Times.

Republicans smell blood in their attempt to defeat Democratic two term incumbent Jim Lykam of Davenport. Bill Frist, (who Frank Rich recently referred to correctly as perhaps the most craven politician in D.C.) has made appearances to raise funds for Lykam's opponent, political newbie Roby Smith, also of Davenport, and Smith has recieved campaign dough from Mitt Romney's PAC as well.

Looks like this is shaping up as another hard fought Iowa battle.

2 Comments:

At 7/27/2006 7:54 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I find it rather sick that Smith has Frist coming in to help him raise money and then has the gall to critcize PAC money donated to Lykam.

Smith's PACs are not defined as groups of people - rather, as Tibbetts pointed out - Smith's "PACs" are large checks from single rich donors. To me, the single big checks in abundance for a candidate seem like a small circle buying an election. A PAC check is the consolidation of hundreds/thousands of people who believe there can be a better world if they band together to become active.

I will respect PAC donations over millionaire big bucks in a small few hands any day!!

 
At 7/28/2006 12:57 AM, Blogger tiz said...

Basically this kid is a pawn that First and Romney are using to rile up the base here before the caucuses. I just don't see any reason for either Frist or Romney to care about the makeup of Iowa's State Senate.

Taking money from PACs is bad, that is unless it's Mitt Romney's PAC. And Bettendorf businessmen donating outside their district is OK too. Give me a break.

 

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