Findley’s “no holds barred” campaign efforts caught the attention of conservative and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin. On the anniversary of women’s suffrage, Palin endorsed Findley “calling [her] a bold, sharp, selfless woman who will respect the Constitution.” Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and the NRA also back Findley. Popular Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has pitched in to campaign on behalf of Findley as well.
At the end of August the Miller campaign hit a roadblock when the Associated Press revealed that in 2005 Miller had accepted a $10,000 donation from the son of Austin “Jack” DeCoster. Jack Decoster has been labeled “‘a habitual offender’” by the state of Iowa for repeated environmental violations; he is the only Iowan to have ever received this designation. Miller has since indicated he would return the contribution.
Governing.com rates the Iowa attorney general race a “Tossup.” According to Governing’s Louis Jacobson, “Findley has been a strong fundraiser, has run an aggressive campaign and has an especially strong Republican wind at her back in the Hawkeye State.” Earlier this year, Terry Branstad, Iowa’s GOP gubernatorial nominee, weighed in on the importance of the Hawkeye State’s attorney general race: “‘I’m all for health care reform…just not for a federal takeover,’” he said. “‘It’s the attorney general's responsibility to challenge this [law]…Brenna Findley will do it…[s]he is a bright 34-year [old] woman who will be the next attorney general of Iowa, if I have my choice.’”
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