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Steve King visits Mason City

by Matt Marquardt –

MASON CITY – U.S. Representative Steve King visited Mason City Tuesday morning.  He held a town hall meeting at the Park Inn Hotel, sponsored by Dr. Gary Blodgett, a former state representative for the Mason City area from 1993 to 2001.

Not including media and what appeared to be handlers and hotel staff, there was about 25 people in attendance.  According to one source, that number decreased by one after a Mason City police officer escorted one man out for calling King a “liar” and a “bigot.”

The source also reported that as the plain clothes officer whisked the man out of the room, Dr. Blodgett told the man to “Pull your pants up!”

(PHOTO: Rep. Steve King addresses North Iowans at the Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa on May 22, 2012.)

Steve King, a Republican, is running against Christie Vilsack for the newly-created 4th District Congressional seat, which is essentially the upper northwest quarter of Iowa.

A few quotes from Rep. King Tuesday morning:

– “The ghost of John Maynard Keynes lives in the brain of Barrack Obama”

– “My neighbors that are Democrats are generally reasonable people that balance their checkbooks and sometimes they are traditional Democrats and in their mind they really are Republicans or Independents”

– “We need a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution”

– “Repeal Obamacare”

– “I believe the founding fathers got it right.  I don’t think it’s (the Constitution) a living and breathing document.  There’s no guarantee if that’s the case.”


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