Second Congressional District Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who won a spirited primary contest against Cedar Rapids businessman Peter Teahen and Lee Harder of Mount Pleasant, said today that the general election campaign against Rep. David Loebsack will offer voters “the difference between action and results and Washington’s current politics as usual.”
Teahen said Wednesday that he would not seek a recount in the race and stand by the results of the official canvass. Miller-Meeks edged Teahen 43.6 percent to 42.9 percent.
“The Republican Party is unified in its goal of winning back the seat held by Jim Leach and restoring his sense of integrity and common-sense values to Congress,” she said. “As I traveled across people told me they want a representative who will adhere to the rule of law, not the rules of partisan politics that have created such a gridlock in Washington on the issues that are important to people in Iowa and across this country.”
She continued, “David Loebsack told voters in 2006 that he was going to Washington to change things but the only thing he changed was himself. He votes exactly the way Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democratic leadership tells him to vote. This campaign will be about action and results on affordable and accessible health care, a sensible energy policy, economic development, Social Security and tax reform, veterans’ rights and a responsible federal government versus Representative Loebsack’s apparent belief that the current politics as usual is just what the country needs.”
Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist, has more than 24 years of service in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. A former faculty member of the University of Iowa, she has been married 25 years and is the mother of two grown children.
The Second Congressional District includes 15 counties: Appanoose, Cedar, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Johnson, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington and Wayne.
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