NFIB/Iowa Backs Ernst in Hot US Senate Race

Date: August 19, 2014

Washington, DC (August 19, 2014) – The nation’s leading small business advocacy group with more than 10,000 members in Iowa today endorsed State Senator Joni Ernst in what may be the hottest US Senate race in the country. 


“Joni has been fighter all of her life and in the Legislature she’s been one of the most dependable supporters of small business,” said NFIB Iowa State Director Kristin Failor.  “Iowa small businesses badly need an advocate in Washington and our members are very excited by her candidacy.”


Ernst, a state senator and 20-year Army commander, grew up in a small business family.  She worked construction jobs with her father and helped run the family farm.  She brings a common sensibility to the important issues affecting small business, said Failor, and that’s in very short supply in Washington.


“She understands the key issues from a small business perspective and that’s very important to our members,” she said.  “Small business owners view taxes, health care and regulations with a very practical eye and that’s what we need in the US Senate.”


Ernst is locked in a very tight race with Rep. Bruce Braley, a trial lawyer and prodigious fundraiser.  Observers had expected him to walk easily into the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Tom Harkin.  But he’s had a rough campaign so far marked by embarrassing missteps and Ernst has been coming on strong.


“Representative Braley has voted against the NFIB position on every key issue in this Congress and despite his claims he’s never been a reliable supporter of small business,” said NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas.  “If you understand small business then you understand Iowa’s economy.  With all due respect to the Congressman his voting record proves clearly that he doesn’t understand small business.”


Ernst’s endorsement today comes from the NFIB SAFE Trust, the organization’s political action committee.  Small business owners vote in high percentages and they are influential in their communities.  NFIB members in Iowa will work hard this year to send Joni Ernst to the US Senate.


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