The new campaign ad from one of the Democrats running in Iowa’s third congressional district primary has become an issue among all three candidates in the contest. The ad from Jim Mowrer questions rival Mike Sherzan’s support of Wall Street reform.
“In 2011, Mike went with the Iowa Bankers Association, met with the Federal Reserve,” Mowrer says. “The Federal Reserve released minutes of this meeting that said that they opposed this because it would result in significant financial losses for them.”
Sherzan says he supports President Obama’s Wall Street reform and would go even farther. Sherzan accuses Mowrer of breaking a pledge to run a positive campaign because the race has tightened.
“I think it speaks to Jim’s character more than it speaks to my position on Dodd-Frank,” Sherzan says. “…I’d let the voters decide on Tuesday whether this is an ethical issue with my opponent.”
Desmund Adams, — the other candidate in the race, is not mentioned in the ad, but Adams is weighing in on the controversy. Adams says while negative ads are nothing new in politics, he’s questioning why Mowrer violated his pact to run a positive campaign.
“There was a level of deceitfulness that took place,” Adams says. “In addition to deceitfulness, absolutely there’s a level of dishonesty.”
Mowrer rejects the criticism.
“This is absolutely not a negative ad,” Mowrer says. “If we can’t talk about what our policy differences are, then what is there to discuss?”
The three candidates made their comments during a joint appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. The program airs tonight at 7:30.