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Day 48: Loebsack Still Hasn't Said if He'll Debate; Is He Going to Go to Ethically-Challenged Charlie Rangel's Birthday Bash Instead?

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Location: Ottumwa, IA

Day 48: Loebsack Still Hasn't Said if He'll Debate; Is He Going to Go to Ethically-Challenged Charlie Rangel's Birthday Bash Instead?

Day 48 of Rep. David Loebsack's debate-response strike prompted his challenger's campaign to ask today if he instead intends to attend a birthday bash for Rep. Charlie Rangel, the long-time Washington insider who Loebsack sought to shield from an ethics probe two years ago.

"David Loebsack voted to block an ethics investigation of Charles Rangel two years ago. Even though the House Ethics Committee just charged Rangel with 13 ethics violations, he must still appreciate David Loebsack's efforts to protect him. Maybe our congressman can't be available for a debate on Aug. 11 because he'll be in New York for his buddy's birthday party," Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks said. "After all, Charlie Rangel gave David Loebsack's campaign a gift for $5,000 a few years ago.

Miller-Meeks' campaign first attempted to fax or hand-deliver a debate challenge to Loebsack's campaign headquarters two days after the June 8 primary election but calls were immediately forwarded to voice mail and its only mailing address is a post office box. Miller-Meeks, who proposes a debate in each of the district's 15 counties, sent the challenge to Loebsack's campaign headquarters by registered mail the following week.

"I understand why David Loebsack doesn't want talk about his support for Charles Rangel. Maybe we can agree to avoid that topic if he'll agree to get together to discuss his votes to bail out Wall Street, approve the ObamaCare take-over of our health care system and run up our national debt and his support of cap and trade and other votes that hamper Iowans' employment and productivity," Miller-Meeks said.


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