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Published on Sep 12, 2012

As an incumbent - how do you run a campaign for re-election when you can't run on your own failed record of bad votes? You go "hard negative" to save your job.

Longtime Congressman Leonard Boswell has a well-earned reputation as a professional negative campaigner - two-stepping around his record by launching personal attacks on opponents:

In 2006: "The Boswell ad is so offensive that it runs the risk of alienating a significant portion of Boswell's Democratic base. It's unfortunate that this race has deteriorated to name calling, record-distorting and fear mongering" - Former Democratic State Legislator Ed Fallon writing about an ad that Congressman Boswell was running against his then GOP opponent Jeff Lamberti Read More ...

In 2008: "Leonard Boswell Goes Hard Negative" - "Why has Boswell gone negative? You really have to wonder why a six-term incumbent is running the kind of campaign Boswell is running." Read More ...

In 2008: "Boswell, on the other hand, sent voters a slew of negative mailings" - Iowa Independent 2008 primary win for Boswell over Ed Fallon. Read More ...

In 2010: "If Boswell survives a Republican wave election, it will be good news for Iowa Democrats, but not for people who hate negative political advertising." Read More ...

In 2010: "Because he (Boswell) can't win on the issues, plain and simple. He's in trouble, so now he's playing dirty." Read More ...

In 2011: "Latham is preparing for a tough race against Boswell, who's successful campaign for reelection in 2010 included a barrage of negative ads against his Republican opponent.

"There's going to be a lot of accusations that are not founded in fact and, you know, we're going to run a very positive campaign, but I'm not going to go let charges not be responded to, certainly. That's very, very important," Latham said." Read More ...

2011: On Iowa Press Boswell said he hopes that the campaign doesn't have to go negative and pledges to run a campaign on the records.

2012: Longtime Congressman Leonard Boswell breaks his pledge with the people of Iowa and continues his history of going "negative hard" to save his job rather than running on his own record.

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