Congressman Rod Blum represents Iowa’s 1st District in the US House of Representatives and he came under fire from our mainstream Leftist Media yesterday. Thankfully the Congressman was able to sniff out the rat in the room and ended the interview.
The Leftist interviewer was Josh Scheinblum of KCRG-TV. And the interview ended with the second question asked of the Congressman. With the first question asked by Scheinblum about Congressman Blum representing all Iowan’s was typical of the Left and not knowing anything about our great Republic and how the government is supposed to work. The Congressman was right with his answer. He doesn’t represent all Iowas. He represent’s the 1st District of Iowa.
And the second question came from the Leftist asking the Congressman if he would take donations from someone outside of his district. At this point Congressman Blum see’s the rat for what it is and ends the interview.
Here is the full transcript of the interview so you may read it word for word:
Q: Well I think some would make the case that you represent all Iowans. The decisions that you make impact all Iowans, so shouldn’t all Iowans have a voice at the table, or at least, have the option to?
A: Heh. I don’t represent all Iowans. I represent my—the 1st District of Iowa. That’d be—that’d be like saying—shouldn’t I be able to—you know I live in Dubuque—go vote in Iowa City during the election because I’d like to vote in that district instead.
Q: Would you still take donations from a Republican in Iowa City?
A: Hah. I’m done. This is ridiculous. This is ridiculous. You’re gonna sit here and just—just badger me.
Of course the reason for this line of questioning against Congressman Blum is due to his responses to the out-of-district and out-of-state Leftist agitators at Republican Town Hall meetings across the country since the Republican victory in November.
Congressman Blum rightly limits his Town Hall meetings to residents, by photo ID, of the 1st District of Iowa. And he does require registration in advance as well. These actions all make perfect sense. Preregistration keeps the number of attendees within the limits of available seating and within the Fire Code limits of the venue. And requiring a photo ID insures that the attendee is within the 1st District of Iowa. And thus an actual constituent and not some outside agitator coming to provoke a riot.
But the Leftist media, including bloggers, spin a false story. Distorting the facts and advancing their anti-American and anti-conservative agenda. The Left labels Congressman Blum as a hypocrite because he wont allow out-of-district people into his Town Hall meetings but he will accept out-of-district campaign donations.
Again here the Left is attempting to compare apples to bullfrogs. Donations and constituents are two completely separate things. Not every constituent is going to be a donor. In fact Congressman Blum’s constituents are Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. He represents all of them in the 1st District.
And to get elected to a national office these days costs a lot of money. About $1.6 million for a congressional seat. Iowa’s total population across 4 districts in only just a bit over 3 million. Everyone running for the US House from Iowa is going to have to get money from out of their district and even out of state. It’s just a simple matter of mathematics.
So hats off to Congressman Rod Blum of Iowa’s 1st District. He’s standing up to the Leftist agenda and the Leftist media. He is standing up for Iowa’s 1st District and the GOP and maybe on his way to becoming a great statesman.