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Rep. Leonard Boswell (Iowa -D ) isn’t going anywhere……

From desmoinesdem @ Mydd.com….

Here’s another Democrat to take off retirement watch lists. Representative Leonard Boswell filed nominating papers on Friday to run for an eighth term in Iowa’s third Congressional district (D+1). That’s no surprise, since Boswell has been saying he’ll run again since November 2008 and repeated that in January and February of this year.

But ever since the National Republican Congressional Committee put Boswell on a potential House Democrat retirement list in December, influential analysts like the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizzahave been saying Boswell might retire. The foot-soldiers at The Iowa Republican blog did their part to keep the rumors going, despite the lack of evidence.

Boswell and others in his camp commented on the bogus speculation to the Des Moines Register:

“This rumor stuff was completely invented in Washington, D.C.,” said JoDee Winterhof, a veteran Democratic adviser and former Boswell campaign aide. […]

Last month came another twist.

An automated telephone survey went out in the district asking potential Democratic primary voters about potential Boswell alternatives. The calls rekindled rumors that Boswell was getting out and that an alternative candidate was being vetted.

The national GOP campaign said the calls were not their work. Democrats said it would cost very little to buy a round of calls to reignite doubt. […]

His 2008 campaign manager, Grant Woodard, has remained on his campaign staff. Recently, he brought on a finance director.

“I hope that puts it to rest. The story keeps popping up in D.C.,” Boswell said. “They seem to think, if you say it over and over and over, that it’s going to grow legs.”

I never heard from any respondents who received that robo-poll last month, but it didn’t sound to me like a genuine attempt by Democrats to vet alternatives to Boswell.

At least five and up to seven Republicans are competing for the chance to run against Boswell this year. Republican insiders favor Jim Gibbons, but the crowded field may force the GOP nomination to be decided at a district convention.

March 7, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , ,


  1. Please continue your present path of voting for whatever fiscally crippling legislation your party comes up with. Maybe by November even gullible Des Moines voters will see through you. Please use common sense soon or retire.
    Dave Tyree, Chariton

    Comment by Dave Tyree | March 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. The Healthcare Bill does NOT address the issues that plague the current health care system now. However, it WILL limit the quality and quantity of care we receive in the future, in addition to burdening us and all future generations will a phenomenal debt.
    If a bill is so bad that legal, hardworking, taxpaying citizens are angrily expressing opposition, bribes and arm-twisting are needed to garner votes, and the system is not good enough for the President and Congress, why would our representatives vote for it?

    Comment by Sandra Aschinger | March 21, 2010 | Reply

    • because they are Congressmen….they ran to have the job they currently have…and although they may be pput on the spot……that is their job…….

      Their vote is THEIR decession

      Comment by jamesb101 | March 21, 2010 | Reply

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