One of the high-stakes races of this primary season is the one pitting a republican congressman against a political newcomer. Congressman Greg Ganske of Des Moines hopes to unseat democrat Senator Tom Harkin in the fall, but he’ll have to withstand the primary challenge of Bill Salier. Salier, a 33-year-old farmer from Nora Springs, has made hay with the conservative wing of the party by attacking what he calls Ganske’s “moderate” voting record. He says Ganske voted not to end the tax code by voting against the “Financial Freedom Act.” Ganske says Salier’s distorting his voting record. Ganske says Bush came into Iowa and thanked him for supporting his tax cut. Ganske says Salier accuses him of voting for funding for Planned Parenthood, neglecting to say he voted for family planning with abortion restrictions.Ganske is often called a maverick as he’s taken stands on various issues that are at odds with the majority of republicans in Congress, but Ganske says that doesn’t mean he’s not loyal to the party. Ganske says he’s “plenty conservative”. The primary election is Tuesday, June 4th.
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