Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Rathje: Western Iowa Getting Shafted, But King Not To Blame

Speaking to the Carroll Rotary Club hours before primary voting, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Steve Rathje said western Iowa is being neglected by the state's leaders but he refused to lay any of the blame on the area's most visible lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

"You're just not getting the fair shake you deserve," Rathje said.

When asked by Iowa Independent to get specific about western Iowa being something of a red-headed stepchild, Rathje said U.S. Highway 30 should be four-laned "all the way to the river," (the Missour River).

"We at this side of the state have fallen short for a long-time," Rathje said.

Why has western Iowa been neglected?

"I can't answer that," Rathje said.

Doesn't Congressman King rightly shoulder some of the responsibility for his constituents not getting the fair shake, as Rathje alleges?

"Congressman King has been a great asset to this side of the state," Rathje said.

But according to a leading watchdog organization King this year has been the runaway least effective member of Iowa's federal delegation in bringing money home to the Fifth District.

Rathje, an eastern Iowa businessman, faces Christopher Reed, another businessman from Cedar Rapids, and George Eichhorn, an attorney and former Iowa legislator who lives in Hamilton County, in the primary Tuesday.

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