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Friday, April 18, 2008

John Deeth Blog: 2nd District GOP candidates to highlight convention

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

The only contested Republican U.S. House primary in Iowa will take
center stage Saturday at the 2nd Congressional District convention in
Iowa City. Lee Harder, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, and Peter Teahen will
face off in the June 3 primary for the right to face first term
Democrat Dave Loebsack in November. Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa
ophthalmologist, is emphasizing health care in her bid. Teahen, owner
of a Cedar Rapids funeral home, has made a name as a Red Cross
spokesperson in disaster areas. Miller-Meeks and Teahen are portraying
relatively moderate profiles, in the image of the district's 30-year
representative, Jim Leach, who lost to Loebsack in one of 2006's
biggest surprises. Still, both have their conservative backers.
Teahen's campaign manager is Wes Enos, who managed Mike Huckabee's
winning Iowa caucus effort.

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