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Ernst wrong to back Mississippi candidate

I wonder what values U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst actually stands for.

I’ve heard her talk about Iowa values and Iowa nice, but her recent support of Mississippi U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in that state’s runoff election would not represent the values I believe most Iowans hold. Republican Hyde-Smith recently complimented a supporter by saying she would attend a “public hanging” if the supporter invited her. This in a state where racist hangings of men and women occurred all too often in the past.

That Ernst attended a rally for Hyde-Smith just days before the runoff does not speak well of Ernst or her values. It should not be acceptable to anyone. Yes, Hyde-Smith won. So maybe it’s more important to Ernst for politics to win out over decent values after all.

Roger Heckroth

Hiawatha

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