Scholten joins Franken campaign

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J.D. Scholten, the western Iowa Democrat who nearly unseated Republican former congressman Steve King, has joined Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken’s campaign as political director, the Franken campaign announced this week.


Franken is running against longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley.


“(Franken) is such a unique candidate. I wouldn’t have signed up for just any campaign,” Scholten said in a news release from the Franken campaign. “His work ethic, authenticity and his integrity are inspiring. He will be an amazing representative of our state in the Senate.”


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Scholten, a former minor league baseball player from Sioux City who is running for the Iowa Legislature this fall, ran for Congress in 2018 and came within 4 percentage points of defeating King in deeply conservative western Iowa.


“This race reminds me so much of our 2018 campaign. The big difference is that the numbers statewide are way more favorable to Democrats than the old 4th (Congressional) District,” Scholten said. “I am looking forward to turning a lot of heads come November.”


The general election is Nov. 8.


FRANKEN FUNDRAISING: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Franken raised $2.8 million in campaign donations in the second quarter of 2022, according to unofficial numbers provided by his campaign Tuesday.


The amount came from 84,000 unique donors and brought the total the campaign has raised to $4.63 million. Franken's campaign has $1.1 million in cash on hand, the release said.


Franken is challenging longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in Iowa’s U.S. Senate campaign.


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The one-quarter amount is more than any previous challenger to Grassley raised during their entire campaigns, and more than Grassley has raised in a single quarter, the news release said.


Grassley’s campaign has not announced second-quarter fundraising numbers. He raised close to $1.7 million last quarter and ended the quarter with $4.6 million cash on hand. The campaign had received nearly $6.9 million in donations and transfers through the first quarter, according to the Federal Elections Commission website.


“Our campaign is a people-powered campaign, and we haven’t taken one penny of corporate PAC money while Sen. Grassley has taken more than $11.5 million from corporate PACs over his time in Washington,” Franken campaign manager Julie Stauch said in the news release.


MATHIS ENDORSEMENT: The Human Rights Campaign PAC, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization working to elect “pro-equality” candidates who support “the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people,” has endorsed Democrat Liz Mathis in her race for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.


Mathis, a state senator and former journalist and nonprofit leader from Hiawatha, is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson. Mathis was one of 14 congressional candidates endorsed by the organization.


“These leaders have an exemplary record of advancing equality in their respective states, and we’re confident that they will advocate for nationwide policies that work for all Americans, including the LGBTQ+ community,” Human Rights Campaign Interim President Joni Madison said in a statement.

 

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Franken is indeed impressive. Very much looking forward to his debate with Grassley. One of the first questions I would have for Grassley is why he embraced Trump's Big Lie knowing that he actually lost the election. Grassley incredibly accepted Trump's endorsement at a Stop the Steal rally in Des Moines last October 9th. Deceiving Iowa voters like this should be disqualifying.
 

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For starters with Grassley a debate might answer the question as to why he accepted Trump's Big Lie knowing all along that it was bs. In doing so he lied to and certainly deceived his constituents. This should be disqualifying.
"knowing all along that it was bs"

Link please.
 

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For starters with Grassley a debate might answer the question as to why he accepted Trump's Big Lie knowing all along that it was bs. In doing so he lied to and certainly deceived his constituents. This should be disqualifying.
Well, go ahead and get him "disqualified". Good luck.
 

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For starters with Grassley a debate might answer the question as to why he accepted Trump's Big Lie knowing all along that it was bs. In doing so he lied to and certainly deceived his constituents. This should be disqualifying.

So disqualify him with your vote...
 

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It would be helpful if he were to have to defend his actions in front of the entire state, so all of the voters can disqualify him with their votes.

Would you?

Would I what?,.. I've got no problem with Chuck.
 

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Grassley will win and retire mid-term so they can install another Republican who can then run for re-election as an incumbent. The GOP has figured out that incumbents don’t lose many statewide races in Iowa.
 
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JD has made a career out of doing nothing for a living. Has this guy ever held a job besides running for office.
 

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According to this former Clinton guy, Progressives are the problem. Need to stop jumping ship on Biden. 🤷‍♂️
 

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According to this former Clinton guy, Progressives are the problem. Need to stop jumping ship on Biden. 🤷‍♂️

I, for one, am shocked that someone from Clinton admin is on CNN blaming left wingers for the right wing doing what they said they would do. That's a new one.
 

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Franken now within 5 percentage points (49 to 44) of Grassley and trending upward according to the Campaign Almanac Poll. Grassley's ludicrous embrace of Trump's Big Lie and his enthusiastic acceptance of Trump's endorsement last October at a Stop the Steal rally in Des Moines may be backfiring on ole' Chuck.
 
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Franken now within 5 percentage points (49 to 44) of Grassley and trending upward according to the Campaign Almanac Poll. Grassley's ludicrous embrace of Trump's Big Lie and his enthusiastic acceptance of Trump's endorsement last October at a Stop the Steal rally in Des Moines may be backfiring on ole' Chuck.
We should probably also give chis some credit.
 
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