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Friday, May 18, 2007

Bleeding Heartland: Pettengill Comes "Clean"

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

So, the newest member of the Republican House Caucus has published her first "post-flip" column on the website of the Des Moines Register. In it she says: 'All of my columns are written like a letter to my mother, because I want her to know what I'm doing and to be proud of me. And I want you to be proud of me too.' So, in her constant search for approval she has decided to participate in fundraisers with the same Republican leadership that did this: Iowa Democrats are decrying Republican campaign tactics after two state lawmakers were falsely accused of voting for a bill to aid illegal immigrants - before the two legislators ever took office. A flyer mailed to voters attacking Democratic Reps. Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls and Dawn Pettengill of Mount Auburn said they supported a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to be eligible for in-state tuition. But the vote was taken in the Iowa House in 2004, months before Kressig and Pettengill were elected. House Minority Leader Pat Murphy of Dubuque said the attacks by Republicans have gone beyond negative campaigning to "outright lying." "Iowans should be upset at that. Republicans have set a new low by breaking the public trust," Murphy said.


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