Saturday, January 21, 2006

Strolling through the blogs

There's a nasty anonymous letter about my mom on State 29. Sheesh.

Oh well, I'll address some of the issues, since I know her fairly well.

"First question is how did she get to where she is at?"

Well, she started by getting involved in the local Democratic Party in the 1980s. She served several years as the Monroe County party chair, working to help Democrats at the local and state level. She was very good at it. And then, after re-districting opened up a state Senate seat, she was recruited to run for the state Senate. At that time, the district was very large, the largest in sheer square miles of any Senate district. She defeated a candidate in the primary in 1992, and then went on to defeat a very solid Republican opponent (a Republican who is in the Iowa House today).

Trust me, this is a tough district for Democrats, but Mom always did well. She was re-elected in 1996 with a very impressive margin. During her time in the Senate, she served as Assistant Majority Leader and Assistant Minority Leader.

In 1998, she ran for Secretary of Agriculture, and defeated a strong Republican opponent. During her time in office, she raised the profile of the position and became known throughout the Midwest as a leader in agricultural policy. She was invited to speak at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, and she served as party parliamentarian.

She was re-elected again in 2002, defeating a list of candidates on the ballot.

In 2004, she was again invited to speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. This time, she had the honor of serving on the party platform drafting committee with other Democratic leaders from across the nation.

That's kinda how she got where she is. There's a good bio on the Patty Judge website.

So no, she didn't get where she is by being a "crankly ol' Farmwife," but I'm sure that title wouldn't bother her one bit.

The writer goes on to spout some anti renewable fuels nonsense, and then lays into Chet Culver with an equally unfair and baseless attack.

He skips sharing much of his opinion on Mike Blouin (hmm...) throws out a South Park quote and endorses Ed Fallon.

Just down-right mean spirited stuff.

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