US House candidate meets register

Last month, the editorial board of the Des Moines Register interviewed Gary Leffler, Republican candidate for the United States House. Leffler, a West Des Moines activist, is competing for the nomination for the party’s 3rd congressional district against Johnston’s businesswoman Nicole Hasso and State Senator Zach Nunn and Bondurant in a June 7 primary . The winner will face incumbent U.S. Democratic Representative Cindy Axne.

Hasso and Nunn did not respond to editorial board invitations to sit down for interviews. The Register Editorial Board is not issuing endorsements in federal election elections this year.

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A transcript of a notable response during Leffler’s interview appears below the recording.

May 5: Gary Leffler

Question: Can you think of any other issues that in 2023 and 2024 a Republican Congress could work with the President on?

Lefler: I believe that one of the most hurtful and harmful things that has happened in our country over the last 10 to 12 years is this: our country is governed, in many ways, largely by executive orders. And I think that’s hurting the country. I don’t think it’s productive. I remember when President Trump was in office, I was calling members of Congress, I was like, “Hey, did you think that was a good executive order?” “Oh, yeah, we loved it.” ‘Well, then get down there, and write a bill and make that law.’ Because we all know what was going to happen. You know, the first time a Democrat came along, what was he going to do? He was going to rescind all those executive orders. And that’s exactly what happened.

I’m going to ask this question to the Des Moines Register. If every four to eight years you were fundamentally changed in your main mission here, you could not function as a newspaper. You cannot operate as a business. And I think actually, foreign countries, other countries are looking at us, and they’re saying, ‘You’re kidding us. When is this merry-go-round going to stop? And what it comes down to, Lucas, is it comes down to Congress being negligent in its duty. They said, “Oh, we don’t have to vote on that.” We can relegate that to another place. And then we don’t have to take responsibility for it.

And I say, if a president has a good executive order – and they might even be Joe Biden, right, if he has a great executive order… you’re going to put me on a bit of a rabbit trail here – but I remember of this, when Cindy Axne was first elected to Congress and President Trump was giving the State of the Union address, and the President of the United States said, we have record employment for Hispanics, we have record black jobs, we have record women jobs, and she was sitting there. She’s just sitting there.

If I’m in Congress, or when I’m in Congress, and under Joe Biden, if he stands up during his State of the Union address and he says, we have record jobs for women, we have record jobs for Hispanics, record jobs for blacks – too often politicians want to take credit for what the American people have achieved. And I say it was wrong, not to stand up and applaud what the American people had done.

And that’s where I think politics crosses the line, because that’s the American people. He is a small independent trader. It is our Iowa farmers who make America great. And then sometimes despite the politicians, despite all the regulations, despite all the rules, they find a way to win. Always applaud what the American people have done. Still.


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Raymond I. Langston