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Loebsack getting help from party in tightening race

Loebsack getting help from party in tightening race

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Saying the contest in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District is a "real race," U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., sought to fire up Democratic activists at an appearance in Davenport on Thursday, praising Rep. Dave Loebsack as a champion for average people.

Schakowsky, a Chicago-area lawmaker, made a stop at the local Democratic offices here, part of a swing through the state to help the Iowa City Democrat. She was in Iowa City on Wednesday helping to raise money for him.

Schakowsky's help comes as the race is thought to be tightening and Election Day is less than two weeks away.

The National Republican Congressional Committee said last week said it is putting $900,000 into the 2nd District race, a move that was followed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also moving money into position for the contest.

"They can put in as much as they want, making this race a real race," Schakowsky said.

The DCCC has led the NRCC in fundraising this year, but lately, the Democrats have been moving money into more races to help vulnerable incumbents, according to national news reports.

Loebsack is seeking a fourth term, and he is facing Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks for the third time.

The race has been flying a bit under the radar of the higher-profile U.S. Senate race, but activity is now picking up.

Schakowsky praised Loebsack, saying he is working for average people on a range of issues, noting his upbringing in a poor household.

"He has a heart for the middle class," she said.

She also echoed a Loebsack television ad, criticizing Miller-Meeks for a partnership the Iowa Medical Society signed in 2007 with a Massachusetts-based company that employed data-entry workers in India. Miller-Meeks was president of the medical society at the time.

"This community is hungry for those kinds of jobs, and we want to keep them in the United States of America," Schakowsky said.

Matt Sauvage, Miller-Meeks' campaign manager, responded that "Congressman Loebsack has never created a job and has zero credibility on the issue because he supports policies that make it harder for Iowans to find work." He said Miller-Meeks, an opthalmologist, has created jobs in the state, while Loebsack has not.


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