Letter to Editor
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 12:09 PM CDT
Reisetter no independent
CEDAR FALLS --- A local Republican House candidate, Matt Reisetter, is apparently trying to run a stealth campaign. You won't find his party affiliation on campaign materials --- not on his brochures, postcards, yard signs nor web page. He even touts that he is "independent."
His voter registration is Republican, his election commission filing says Republican, he was nominated in the Republican primary and he'll be listed on the November ballot as Republican. A person who knows him well refers to him as "a Republican's Republican."
All this time, he is taking advantage of the Republican campaign machine. As of Oct. 12, the Republican Party in Des Moines has already invested $66,700 in TV and radio ads for Reisetter, plus thousands more for direct mail.
The Republican State Leadership Committee in Washington, D.C., is investing tens of thousands of dollars in direct mail into the district. It won't be evident until after the election just how much Republican money is pumped into Reisetter's campaign, but it is likely to be among the most expensive House campaigns in the state.
What do these Republican handlers in Washington, D.C. and Des Moines know that we aren't supposed to know here in Cedar Falls?
Any candidate who thinks he can accept that much money from the Republicans and still be "independent" is naïve. My advice to voters is to follow the money, and you will learn where Reisetter's true loyalties lie.