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From the Midway: Rob Hubler is no joke

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I recently received a phone call from a staff member of the Rob Hubler campaign. Hubler, a Democrat, is running for the fifth district congressional seat that is currently held by Congressman Steve King.

The staff member who called me informed me that Hubler was coming to Cherokee, and asked if there was any time that he could sit down and talk with us at the paper. Well to make a long story short. I informed the young campaign aide that I was going to be out at the county fair at the time that Hubler was coming to town.

The aide told me that Hubler also would be attending the fair that day. So I agreed to meet with Hubler at the fair for a short interview.

It should come as no surprise that many politicians stop in Cherokee during election season. Over the past year or so, Cherokee has welcomed several presidential candidates, gubernatorial candidates, candidates for the Iowa House and Senate; heck, we even had an ex-president stop by to campaign for his wife.

Not bad for a little town in the middle of America.

Normally, I think that I present fair and equal coverage of a campaign. It's been no secret that I don't care for many Republicans, but I don't think I interject my personal beliefs into a news article. As a reporter, I have to keep an objective and balanced approach while doing an article of a political nature.

In the case of Rob Hubler, though, I felt after my interview with him that I was too close to this candidate, and my reporting would not be fair. This column is my opinion -and mine alone- and I feel that to express my thoughts on the 5th district race is more appropriate in an opinion column than in a news article.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have participated within the Iowa Democratic Party this year. Just because I am a reporter does not mean that I, as a citizen, can't participate in political events. In fact, I encourage people of all political parties to participate in their respective parties.

Since the beginning of this year, I have had the honor of meeting Hubler on several occasions. I have been impressed by both his actions and campaign so far. It's been my experience in meeting politicians of both major parties that they start talking about issues at great length.

In fact, most of the time a politician can talk all day long without saying a thing. After talking to Hubler, you find that you can have a conversation with him and that he actually listens - a true departure in this era of politics.

To be perfectly honest with you readers, I do support Hubler and will be voting for him. I've never publicly endorsed a candidate before. Who knows, Hubler may distance himself from me like Obama dropped Rev. Wright.

Voting for Hubler is my choice and you don't have to agree with me. Everyone out there can vote for whomever they want in November. It's your choice; I just hope that people exercise that choice.

I don't believe in telling you who you should vote for, but I will tell you why I will vote for Hubler. He believes in supporting our veterans, both active and the vets who have already done their duties. They deserve what they are entitled to. Hubler also believes in entrepreneurship and rural renovations for our smaller communities, and he proudly claims he would vote in favor of his district and not vote blindly on partisan issues.

I, for one, am sick of having the 5th district being an embarrassment in the eyes of this country. Of course, I'm referring to Congressman King and former Congressman Fred Grandy. Everyone in the county thought it was quite funny to have "Gopher" as a congressman. Well they might not have thought it so funny if he was their congressman.

I'm tired of our district being a joke, and I feel that Hubler would bring some well-deserved respect back to our district, like former Rep. Berkley Bedell did.

Maybe we can even get Hwy. 20 completed before I become a grandfather. We have tough choices to be made for our future, and it would be nice to have a leader and not just a person who enjoys making inflammatory comments and does not think before he opens his mouth.

It would also be nice for once to have someone to represents us who is not a national joke. I feel that Hubler will do just that.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway