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Friday, September 28, 2007

Iowa Progress: Dems Recruit Candidate With Ties To Agribusiness and Casinos

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Progress

In the open seat for House District 89 currently held by Republican
Sandy Greiner, Larry Marek, a farmer with ties to agribusiness and to
the gaming industry has announced his candidacy for the Democratic
nomination. As John Deeth notes, Marek has been an active member of
the Soybean Promotion Board (along with Farm Bureau, the Corngrowers
and the Cattlemen) and was described by the Iowa City Press-Citizen as
"an early backer of the Riverside Casino & Hotel project." District 89
is a potentially competitive district but one that will be an uphill
battle in 2008 as the Republicans have a significant registration
advantage. With Marek's background, he seems like the type of "Blue
Dog Dem" who could do very well in the district. Plus, his background
is sure to give him an advantage raising money.


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