To the editor:
Every time I see a Steve King ad touting his Iowa values, I pause and recall how often he's brought negative attention to the state with inflammatory quotes cited by national media. His opinions don't reflect my views or those of my friends and neighbors.
One vote specifically demonstrates how far his values stray from the heart of Iowa. In 2009, Rep. King was the sole dissenting vote (399-1) against a memorial plaque acknowledging the slave laborers who built our United States Capitol. What could possibly explain that?
His explanation was a distorted statement with no clear reasoning. I don't understand the thoughts behind many of his votes, but this one demonstrates King's lack of statesmanship. King's perspective, while earnest, is distorted. He's a flawed representative for Iowans and true Iowa values.
In the newly created 4th Congressional District, I am grateful to have an excellent alternate choice. Christie Vilsack lives Iowa values, and has already represented our state in multiple roles. She actively listens to and responds to the concerns of her potential constituents. Vilsack is clearly the better choice. Sending her to Washington to serve in Congress is the best way to represent what Iowans truly value.