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So Does Iowa's Joni Ernst Support Amnesty?

Joni Ernst and Mitt Romney

We recently received an e-mail endorsing Iowa Republican senate candidate Joni Ernst from Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the sponsor of the Senate’s much-hated Gang of Eight amnesty for illegal aliens bill.

Iowa’s GOP primary is a large-field free-for-all and Ernst has been racking up endorsements from Mitt Romney and other GOP establishment figures, and even Sarah Palin. Our favored candidate, Sam Clovis, has been endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum and other conservative leaders and organizations.

So we were somewhat surprised to read Rubio’s endorsement touting Ernst as a “no-nonsense conservative” who will cut pork.

On the surface state Senator Ernst looks like a good candidate, having served in elected office in local and state government for the past ten years; but that’s the problem.

Ernst is a ranking member of the Education Standing Committee of the Iowa state senate, yet it took an Executive Order from Governor Terry Branstad to stop Common Core from stripping Iowa parents and taxpayers of control of their schools – as a legislator Ernst was MIA on stopping Common Core.

Joni Ernst’s record on spending is similar. Ernst has been in the legislature since 2010 and serves on the Appropriations Committee.

As the Public Interest Institute noted, the Fiscal Year 2013 year-end report on Iowa General Fund revenues shows that state government taxing and spending is at an all-time record high, and it keeps going up. The FY 2013 net appropriations were $6.413 billion, up over $450 million from FY 2012.

The Iowa state government budget has grown from $4.8 billion since 2005; this is an additional $1.5 billion per year of workers’ money, their hard-earned private property, that they no longer control thanks to politicians like state Senator Joni Ernst.

But what is most worrisome to us is Ernst’s association with the Iowa State House vampires like her statewide Finance Chairman David Oman, the Des Moines businessman who served as State Co-Chair of the Romney for President campaign in 2011-12.

In addition to serving as Romney’s Co-Chairman, Oman is perhaps best known for his shameful association with the largest federal pork project in the state’s history, an indoor rain forest that never materialized despite receiving millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

A taxpayer funded indoor rain forest in Iowa? We could go on, but you get the point.

Joni Ernst may have many good personal qualities, but cutting pork isn’t one of them.

In her appearance with Governor Palin, Ernst made much of her penchant for riding motorcycles and her farm upbringing, but anyone can cut a commercial sitting on a Harley or aw-shucksing about life on the farm – what counts is what you’ve done.

What we see in Ernst is another career politician who will be a vote for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on amnesty, Common Core and the rest of the whole Big Government – Big Business agenda. 

In other words another amnesty supporter like Marco Rubio or Kelly Ayotte.

Joni Ernst could prove us wrong by signing our “no amnesty pledge” or joining Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel in signing a similar pledge from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). However, we’re not holding our breath because, despite the fact that she looks good on a Harley, Joni Ernst’s record proves she isn't a boat rocker like Sam Clovis.

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