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King visits Republicans in Estherville

King brought final words of 2018 campaign to Friday morning gathering

November 2, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Rep. Steve King (R-IA4) told a group of about 25 gathered at the Emmet County Republican headquarters, "If we all do what we can do, we can have a great turnout."

King urged citizens to go to the polls and "bring 40 friends along." Pointing to the polls, King said in August, he was up by 21 points over Democratic challenger JD Scholten. In early October, the lead had reduced to 20 points, and with nine days to go, polls gave King an 18-point lead.

In the campaign's final days, King said Scholten's team had made double buys of media time and sent in mobs to protest his appearances, including a widely reported appearance Thursday in Des Moines, in which a known left-wing activist accused King of sharing ideology with the shooter at a Pittsburgh synagogue on the morning of Oct. 28. The same individual, King said, was thrown out of King's annual pheasant hunt gathering in Plymouth County.

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King also addressed an Oct. 25 article in the Washington Post that said King had attended a dinner in Vienna with a Nazi-based organization, the Freedom Party in Austria.

"They were business people," King said, adding that by 1967 they had purged all members with Nazi affiliation.

"They're the ones trying to keep anti-Semites out of Austria," King added.

King said his opponents were attacking him and his re-election through willful misrepresentation, going after the political action committees that support him, and even pursued co-sponsors of bills King has pending in Congress, saying, "You'd better take your name off that bill."

King said the consequence of such tactics is that the congressional district could be represented by a congressman who won the seat by intimidation, bought by outside money, and that people of a conservative viewpoint, such as those in the room, could feel really disenfranchised from any of the core values of Iowa's fourth district.

King touted other candidates, including Iowa Secretary of Agriculture incumbent Mike Naig.

See more in Monday's edition of the Estherville News



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