Larew organized the event at his law office, and said he is supporting Franken in the primary election because of his military career and his forward-thinking approach to policies. A fourth Democrat told Starting Line Wednesday he is considering a run against Sen. Joni Ernst, in a field still taking shape to defeat the incumbent Republican. Iowa’s Two Medicaid Providers Are Breaking State Contracts, Iowa Auditor Says. “I go to work day one,” said Franken of his familiarity with Capitol Hill and the business of governing. “I think developing a viable agricultural future for this state should be job number one for me,” Franken said. Your email address will not be published. He served in the Office of Legislative Affairs, advising prominent leaders such as former Department of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former U.S. After forty years of service in the Navy, Franken is stepping down to pursue a campaign for senator. (he/him/his) Franken photo via US Navy, Ernst photo by Julie Fleming He went after Ernst for several decisions, including her support for the repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States rule, which imposed strict pollution protections on wetlands and waterways. He grew up on a farm in Sioux County and his family know farming. Franken spoke about improving health care, but he said he was not in favor of a single-payer system. Your email address will not be published. I get things done.”. “I bring ideas, which sometimes turn people off, but I tell you what, I’m not an empty suit. She launched her reelection campaign June 15 in Boone with her Roast and Ride event. During his youth, Franken worked alongside his father at the Lebanon Farm Shop, working with farm equipment and trucks. Franken was born in Sioux County, Iowa. He advocated for expanding the Affordable Care Act and enacting policies to bring down the premium prices. “I did not buy a return ticket to Washington, as a statement of commitment,” Franken said. Iowa Democrats have tried candidates from Des Moines, and nominees handpicked by national party leaders. Ernst was a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard and was called to active duty in Iraq in 2003 as a commander. When he was 17 years old, Franken began working at Sioux Preme Packing Company to pay for college. Three Democratic candidates already are campaigning for Ernst’s Senate seat, including Theresa Greenfield of Des Moines, Eddie Mauro of Des Moines and Kimberly Graham of Indianola. In August, Ernst introduced the “Define WOTUS Act” that would repeal and replace current regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and give congressional authority over what can be defined as a waterway in the act. “Joni Ernst rode that service thing very hard in her election,” he said in the interview. Ernst, elected in 2014, is running for a second, six-year term. “I’m buoyed by the people I met in Sioux County last night, and I think the feeling is mutual.”, By Elizabeth Meyer Senator from Massachusetts Ted Kennedy. Caleb McCullough, Politics Reporter December 14, 2019. It just says he’s very accomplished.”. Franken tails them, raising about $100,000 so far. All rights reserved. “… We need to start thinking of other alternatives for a more sustainable future.”. Michael Franken, Retired Admiral From NW Iowa, Considering Ernst Challenge Posted June 26th, 2019 at 2:34pm by Elizabeth Meyer A fourth Democrat told Starting Line Wednesday he is considering a run against Sen. Joni Ernst, in a field still taking shape to defeat the incumbent Republican.