Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Iowa Democrats Challenge King Web Site Posting

The Iowa Democratic Party is challenging U.S. Rep. Steve King's use of a congressional Web site to promote his controversial views on presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Iowa Independent reported weeks ago
on the presence of King's comments about Obama on the taxpayer supported site. Among other things, King said: "I'll just say this, when you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected president of the United States, and I mean. What does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?" King made the remarks in Spencer and they were reported widely. His office posted the comments on the Web site.

Democrats, who at this point have just raised the matter in a news release, are eyeing a formal challenge to the posting by King, a Republican from Kiron who represents the Fifth Congressional District.

"Steve King is using his taxpayer-funded website to promote his hateful comments toward a Democratic Presidential candidate," said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan. "King needs to stop doing his politicking from his government office and get back to the work he was elected to do. He very well may be in violation of House ethics rules by promoting politically charged comments on his congressional site.

"This kind of rhetoric is out of touch with the mainstream values of everyday Iowans, Brennan added. "It is time for King to take these inappropriate remarks off of his congressional website. Taxpaying Iowans deserve better."

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