By James Q. Lynch
CEDAR RAPIDS – A Republican campaign committee hopes to wake up Iowa 2nd District voters with a new TV ad about Rep. Dave Loebsack sleeping on the job.
The ad by the National Republican Campaign Committee, scheduled to run for two weeks in the Davenport television market, takes the three-term Iowa City Democrat to task for falling asleep during a “critical” meeting about the Affordable Care Act – ObamaCare.
The ad goes on to ask whether Loebsack, who is facing a challenge from Bettendorf attorney and businessman John Archer, was asleep when he voted to cut Medicare and to raise taxes on agriculture and manufacturing.
“Send Loebsack to bed,” the ad concludes. “Send someone stronger to Congress.”
The only thing that’s tired, according to Loebsack campaign spokesman Joe Hand, “are the policies of John Archer and his Republican buddies in Congress who are funding these lies.”
“From doubling down on the failed trickle down economic policies of the past, to continuing to promote the unfair trade policies that shipped 11,000 Iowa jobs overseas, John Archer’s policies are what need to be put to rest,” Hand said.
The new ad follows a pro-Loebsack ad dinging John Deere, Archer’s employer, for creating jobs overseas. It also is critical of Archer’s investment in a Chinese firm with nearly 2,000 employees in 30 countries, and a China-based solar power firm.
However, Hand said Loebsack’s issue is not with John Deere, but “with Mr. Archer’s policies that will continue to ship jobs overseas.”
Loebsack, he added, “will continue spending his time working around the clock to create jobs and grow an economy that works for all Iowans.”
A spokeswoman for the NRCC agreed the campaign committee is “taking the gloves off” with the ad. Loebsack, who the committee refers to as the “least effective” member of the Iowa congressional delegation, is seen as vulnerable despite his incumbent status.
That’s reference is based on a Des Moines Register story about a panel of journalists rating Loebsack as being the least effective member of Iowa’s seven congressmen.
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