Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, penned an endorsement for Sen. Joni Ernst in the Quad City Times. Read the full column HERE. Here are excerpts highlighted by Ernst’s campaign:
Most candidates – from President Trump and former Vice President Biden, to U.S. Senate and congressional candidates, to those running for the Iowa statehouse – have said the upcoming election will be the most important of our lifetime. That may or may not be true; I’ll leave that to the pundits and the media to debate. But I do know this election is critical for Iowa agriculture, farmers and our rural economy.
Iowa’s economy is impacted tremendously by what happens to our ag sector. Commodity prices impact land value and employment opportunities we have in our rural communities. Rural income impacts sales at the implement dealerships and our small-town retailers. This election will dictate a path to be followed, from a regulatory approach to an overall economic vision.
With that in mind, I want to bring awareness to the recent executive order signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. In his order, Newsom plans to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. This follows previous announcements of the “Green New Deal” and various other proposals that have either been endorsed or cited by Democrat candidates from former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and even Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield.
Liberal and progressive groups like the League of Conservation Voters support this radical policy change and have endorsed candidates such as Theresa Greenfield. It is convincingly clear that supporting this agenda of heavy-handed, top-down regulatory approach, and the candidates that embrace it, could risk our farmer owned and built renewable fuel industry. This is why I’m proud to support U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who along with Sen. Chuck Grassley, has been a fighter for Iowa agriculture in the U.S. Senate.
Iowa’s farmers and its rural economy are facing a crossroads. Perhaps the candidates and pundits are right – this is the most important election of our lifetime.
Read the full column HERE.