Endorsement: Weaver listens to Iowans

Des Moines Register | Editorial Board | 10/27/16

Endorsement: Weaver listens to Iowans


Kim Weaver, Democratic candidate for Iowa's 4th Congressional District, tells Register reporters and editors about how her experience as an ombudsman has taught her to listen to all sides of an issue. The Register


Kim Weaver has a long record of helping seniors, the mentally ill and their families. That career relies on listening, and she says she’ll take that quality to Congress.

“I’m going to listen to all the issues. When I go into a nursing home, I’d don’t assume this side is right and this side is wrong. You have to hear all sides,” Weaver, a social worker, told the Register’s editorial board.

Contrast that with her opponent in the 4th district, Rep. Steve King, who’s infamous for talking. He’s known nationally for making outrageous statements — on the floor of Congress, on cable TV, on talk radio, and anywhere else he can get attention.

But actually doing anything? King has earned a reputation for being one of the least-effective members of Congress. In seven terms in Washington, not one of the bills he’s introduced have ever made it out of committee. Instead, he’s known for his amendments and resolutions that ultimately go nowhere. He takes pride in obstruction.

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We invited King to meet with the editorial board twice this election season, but his campaign declined.

The Register instead endorses Weaver, who represents a refreshing voice in Iowa politics. She knows the challenges many Iowans face because she’s heard from them directly. As a long-term care ombudsman, she’s worked with clients who’ve sold portions of their farms to pay for the soaring costs of long-term care. That’s why she supports expanding Medicare to cover nursing homes and assisted living.

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