Remember Joni Ernst? She’s the hog castrating, gun toting, soldier and mother who won the GOP nomination for Senate in Iowa in June … by promising voters that she knows how to castrate a hog and that when she got to Washington she would get the “big spenders” in her sights, and “make ‘em squeal.”
Now,Ernst has a new campaign promise for voters in Iowa that should go over like a lead balloon: She promised that she would not support any increase in the minimum wage, because $7.25 an hour is “appropriate for Iowa.” Ernst made that promise despite the fact that 65 percent of Iowans have voiced their support for an increase in the federal minimum wage, and her opponent Representative Bruce Braley (D) has vowed to vote to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 if he is elected.
Braley has released a new ad attacking Ernst for her stand against any increase in the minimum wage which opens with a narrator saying,
“Joni Ernst doesn’t think there should be a national minimum wage. … Ernst believes Iowans can survive on $15,000 a year.”
The ad then goes on to say that Ernst has “extreme ideas” that are “wrong for Iowa.”
In response to the ad Ernst said,
“I do not support a federal minimum wage. Every state has a different economy, different cost of living. I don’t believe that’s the role of the federal government.”
A spokeswoman for the Ernst campaign told reporters that Braley is running a “dirty, false campaign,” defending her by saying that she grew up working minimum wage jobs and knows how important the minimum is but that she believes that Iowans know what’s best for Iowans and that the federal government should stay out of it.
It is estimated that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, as proposed by Braley, would raise the pay of more than 300,000 Iowans. This means around 10 percent of the population’s annual pay would jump to $21,000 per year from the current $15,000 they now earn for a 40-hour work week.
Ernst is no stranger to outrageous ideas. She is a part of the “tenther” crowd, who believe that the tenth amendment grants states the right to nullify laws that they decide are “unconstitutional.” In a candidate forum hosted online by the Daily Beast in September, 2013 Ernst said,
“As [a] U.S. Senator why should we be passing laws that the states are considering nullifying? Bottom line: our legislators at the federal level should not be passing those laws.”
Look out Washington, if Joni Ernst manages to convince her constituents to elect her after she has promised them that she will not do what 65 percent of them want their Senator to do, she will be riding into town toting her gun and looking for something to castrate.
Here’s Bruce Braley’s campaign ad.
h/t: Think Progress
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