When President Obama visited the Hawkeye State this past March, he feverishly mocked those who opposed the then-recently passed health care reform legislation: “‘You turn on the news, you'll see the same folks are still shouting about there’s going to be an end of the world because this bill passed…after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there [were] any…asteroids falling or…some cracks opening up in the Earth…[i]t turned out it was a nice day.’”
What a difference six months makes! Today, many Iowans are not exactly thrilled with President Obama or his health care law.
When attorneys general in more than a dozen states filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health care law, many Iowans urged Democrat Attorney General Tom Miller to join the lawsuit and protect the state’s citizens. In April, Miller, an early Obama backer, asserted that a state’s rights claim to health care lacks merit.
Miller’s inaction immediately drew the ire of Brenna Findleysaid in a statement. “Nebraska and South Dakota’s Attorneys General took a stand to protect their citizens, but ours refused…[Miller] penned an opinion piece in Politico…to try to justify his lack of action.” It has been a whirlwind campaign for the upstart Findley who is poised to derail Miller’s quest for an eighth term. Findley has proven to be a strong grassroots campaigner. In the first five months of the campaign, she significantly outraised Miller.
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
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.