Op-ed by Mike Petersen of Mason City:
The Iowa caucus, 1st in the nation, something to be taken seriously. Well, at least as long as your candidate wins. It was clear from the beginning the establishment wanted Mitt Romney to win. Why not, he brings the big donors. The banks, the big corporations they all love him and give their money to the party, no wonder those with positions within the party wanted him to win, it’s their paycheck. So, he’s up by 8 let’s declare him the winner, who cares about the uncertified, the missing precincts. Wait, I was always told every vote mattered. Do you think Ron Paul would have been declared the winner if he was leading by 8 votes on caucus night? They would still be counting and recounting votes disqualifying as many as they could to get a different result. Even after it’s said and done, they say it’s basically a tie, What?! Santorum won by 34. One more thing, in the missing precincts Santorum had 81 votes, Mitt Romney only 46, why is there such a difference in those missing precincts than the rest of the election. Somebody needs to be held accountable, Matt Strawn should step down and that’s just the start. Local prominent republicans have mentioned that the accuracy rate was actual pretty good-What a bunch of bull. Get it right or get out! Nobody should give any time, cents or votes to the Republican party until they show some sign of actually being honest and ending this corruption.