Campaign Update Narcisse for Iowa Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Smith   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:48

· Recapping January 21 - 27, 2014

· Cities & Schedule for: January 28 - February 2, 2014

· Campaign Analysis: Why did the Des Moines Register ignore its own polling data when declaring an inevitable nominee?

SCHEDULE: January 28th - February 2nd

After an aggressive trek across Eastern Iowa the Jonathan Narcisse for Governor campaign will shift its focus to Western Iowa beginning today.

On Tuesday (Jan 28) the campaign kicks off a three-day western Iowa trek starting in Mason City. From there it is onto Algona, Emmetsburg, Spencer, Storm Lake and Sioux City.

On Wednesday (Jan 29) the campaign will begin in Sioux City and then visit Council Bluffs, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Clarinda, Atlantic, Harlan, Denison and Carroll.

On Thursday (Jan 30), the Narcisse for Iowa Governor team will start in Fort Dodge and then onto Webster City, Boone, Perry, Adel, Winterset,  Indianola and Carlisle.

The campaign will take a break for the weekend in order for Narcisse to participate in the celebration of his mother's 80th birthday before returning to Eastern Iowa and Waterloo on February 3rd.

RECAPPING: January 20th - 27th Campaign Trail

Monday, January 20th

Narcisse launched his campaign in Cedar Rapids with a call for an unrelenting campaign to end poverty in Iowa. "We have the means now we must have the will," stated Narcisse. Following the presentation Narcisse visited his Cedar Rapids office which will open in February.

Narcisse then stopped in Iowa City for an interview with the Iowa City Press Citizen, in Newton for an interview with the Newton Daily News and concluded the day in Des Moines with an interview on WHO 1040 AM’s Simon Conway.

Throughout the day Narcisse stressed his day one actions:

1. Empower a process to protect Iowa's public pension systems especially following a recent ruling by a federal judge. "The men and women who ran into burning buildings, made our streets safe, taught our children, plowed our streets must know that we will honor our word to them. Our public pensions in Iowa must be honored, actuarially sound, sustainable and most of all be protected from a political class in Iowa that has raided, without replenishing, other funds such as the Senior Living Trust and the Tobacco Trust" stated Narcisse.

2. Order the head of the Division of Criminal Investigation to return with a plan in 30 days to begin forensic audits of state and local governments. "As a member of the Des Moines School Board we had a contractor who billed us for time that didn't exist, who billed us for things like bottled water and cell phones. In other governments we have evidence of bid rigging, embezzlement and graft. Iowa's taxpayers deserve efficient, honest and frugal government and this measure will not only shed light on past practices but it will put in place protections to restore integrity to governance in Iowa," stated Narcisse.

3. Opt out of No Child Left Behind and Common Core. "Perhaps the single greatest failure of Iowa's political leaders this past decade has been the failure to end our Public School System's thralldom to No Child Left Behind. No Child Left Behind has wrought havoc and desolation on our public schools. It has perverted the delivery of education in Iowa and it has harmed our communities, our good schools, our dedicated and outstanding teachers, and, most of all, harmed the educating of our students. Common Core mandated curriculum and unfunded testing is on the horizon in Iowa, too. Iowans are more than capable of establishing their own standards. The only responsible thing for the next governor of Iowa to do is opt out of the Common Core, too," stated Narcisse.

Tuesday, January 21st

Narcisse started the day with interviews with the Marshalltown Times Republican and KFJB/KXIA News Director Chuck Schockley. From there he visited Grundy Center, Waterloo and Dubuque.

In Waterloo he met with the Courier, KWWL, KBOL and KBBG. Narcisse hosted various radio shows on KBBG for more than a decade. Narcisse also attended the Black Hawk County caucus where all the county's precincts met at the union hall. Bruce Braley was the keynote speaker.

From Waterloo, Narcisse went to Dubuque where he experienced one of Iowa's hidden treasures - Turkey and Dressing sandwiches at the party's post caucus celebration at Happy's Place. He demonstrated profound gubernatorial restraint limiting himself to only four of the treats.

Wednesday, January 22nd

Narcisse started the day with an interview with the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and then spent the rest of the morning visiting past local allies he made there while conducting Statewide Education, Health and Justice hearings. Narcisse has also been the keynote speaker at several Dubuque gatherings such as the Martin Luther King Annual Celebrations and the NAACP Annual Banquet.

Narcisse concluded his Dubuque visit by stopping at Cremer's Grocery Store. A video of his conversation with the owner of the local establishment is on

Narcisse then stopped in Davenport where he published for more than a decade. While there he was interviewed by the Quad City Times and secured his eastern Iowa staging location for distribution of campaign materials and to host key staff and volunteer meetings.

Narcisse then stopped in Wapello and enjoyed wall-eye fish at Johnny B's. He spoke with the owner and a waitress at the establishment about their concerns for Iowa. The videos are available on

Narcisse then spent the rest of the evening in Burlington reconnecting with supporters there.

Thursday, January 23rd

Narcisse started the day with an interview with the Fort Madison Daily Democrat. He then stopped in Burlington where he was interviewed by the Burlington Hawkeye and the Mike Savage Show on FM KQ92 radio.

His next stop was in Fairfield where he was interviewed on KRUU’s Generation whY with Andrew Tint and then he met with past supporters and allies in the community.

He concluded the day with a stop in Oskaloosa where he was interviewed by the Osky News.

Friday, January 24th

Narcisse focused on campaign maintenance including hiring two additional staffers bringing his campaign paid staff to five. He also secured the services of Community CPA based in Des Moines to oversee all financial operations and campaign reporting under the direction of Dr. Billy W. Young, his campaign treasurer.

Saturday, January 25th

Narcisse visited supporters in Mahaska and Keokuk counties. He also toured a county bridge that was purported to cost several hundreds of thousands to replace by county officials, but ended up costing less than $25,000 to repair by the owner of the property the bridge is on. The owner paid for the repairs to avoid costly delays by the bridge being removed with no alternatives available. It took him a week to fix it and it is considered one of the best and safest bridges of its kind, in the county. Narcisse received a tour of the bridge from the property owner’s son-in-law.

Monday, January 27th

Narcisse had a light schedule Monday visiting Pella, Oskaloosa and Knoxville before returning home for campaign staff meetings.

While on the trip he had interviews at the Pella Chronicle, the Oskaloosa Herald, KBOE 104.9 FM/740 AM in Oskaloosa and the Knoxville Journal Express.

Campaign Analysis: Why did the Des Moines Register ignore its own polling data when declaring an inevitable nominee?

Words from Narcisse

Attached is a photo of the Iowa Poll released by the Des Moines Register on December 16th.

The Polk County machine, aided by Polk County media, has been promoting the narrative of the inevitability of Sen. Jack Hatch, as the democratic nominee to challenge Governor Branstad. Even on the day the poll was released a Register columnist named Sen. Hatch the only viable candidate left in the race despite Bob Krause outperforming Hatch.

Jack Hatch has been a colleague of mine, he introduced me in 2005 when I ran for the Des Moines School Board and he was quoted earlier this month in the Register as saying I'm a man of courage and conviction.

If Jack Hatch defeats me on June 3rd I will be honored to support his candidacy against Gov. Branstad. Defeating our five term incumbent is task one regardless who the party's nominee is. The facts, however, do not support the assertion that Sen. Hatch has already secured the nomination. This race is far from over!

Senator Hatch, after spending nearly $200,000 and running for governor since May of 2013, achieved very little name recognition statewide according to the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll. He failed to outpoll Bob Krause in the Iowa Poll despite Krause raising no money.

These facts are according to the Register's own Iowa Poll. A poll that the Register and Register columnists continue to ignore.

Jack Hatch is a good guy but he is not a political juggernaut. The facts are I was elected in a much more diverse and larger district than he was. I especially dominated blue collar Democratic districts despite running against established and prominent local Democrats.

I have better statewide name recognition than Senator Hatch has and I've proven I can get votes in every county and nearly every precinct in Iowa, while he hasn’t. His only campaign outside of Polk County resulted in a severe thrashing from political newcomer Connie McBurney in their 1996 Congressional contest showdown.

Since the 2010 election, I've completed two 99 county tours, engaged tens of thousands of Iowans at a very popular booth location in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair across from the Iowa Lottery and the restrooms. Through our gas card drawing and candy stations we built a massive statewide email distribution list.

It's no event I would wish on even my opponent, but my name recognition grew in a significant and positive ways after my wedding balloon crash in San Diego, for a moment, the nation and world's biggest story and one that continues to air to this date.

While defeating Sen. Hatch is not guaranteed, the facts - especially the Iowa Poll - savage the narrative of the Polk County Political Machine. A machine that has too often forced losing candidates upon the rest of Iowa Democrats resulting in Republican victories that have often hurt the broader ticket.

All we ask during this primary campaign is the media report the story and not manipulate it, or worse, manufacture it. And while this will be challenging to Polk County media, especially a Des Moines Register that has already proven it will ignore its own scientific data, we trust the rest of Iowa's media and political leaders outside Polk County will be fair and objective during this primary campaign.

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