Yesterday, Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats had choice criticism for Republican State Representative Bobby Kaufmann, after Kaufmann “flipped the bird” at a Convention of States rally Monday in the statehouse.
Rep. Kaufmann then responded:
Very interesting coming from you Bob… I’ve never seen you send out an email or make a statement on public policy without asking for a donation. I suppose that is your definition of “leadership.” https://t.co/uPDvI7FW2b
— Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (@Rep_BobbyK) January 26, 2022
The question Vander Plaats should answer is: Why only attack Republicans?
Just last week the Iowa GOP brought to light recent tweets from Democrat Abby Finkenauer where Finkenauer says Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is “full of s**t,” calls Former President Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway a “jack**s,” and repeatedly uses vulgarity on her campaign account.
Kellyanne Conway is being an east coast elitist jackass. Here’s to electing more Senators who have more in their life than cocktail parties and galas 🤷🏻♀️ Could be good for the country! Just a thought! https://t.co/gAxCu4aMOk pic.twitter.com/ttWLv039mp
— Abby Finkenauer (@Abby4Iowa) January 19, 2022
While Democrats are desperate to change the narrative, Vander Plaats hands them their favorite narrative on a silver platter: Republican infighting.
Vander Plaats isn’t new to this type of, shall we say cheap, political hit job either. In 2016, Vander Plaats got into a similar twitter spat with then-candidate Donald Trump over controversial comments saying, “This plays to Trump’s judgement and temperament. He will burn anybody.”
Then-candidate Trump fired back in a series of tweets saying:
“Why doesn’t phony @bobvanderplaats tell his followers all the times he asked for him and his family to stay at my hotels-didn’t like paying.”
“Do you think @SenTedCruz knows about @bobvanderplaats dealings? Actually, I doubt it!”
Vander Plaats has figured out that the easiest way for him to get media attention is to go after fellow Republicans.