A national anti-gay group has already committed more $15,000 to the Iowa special senate election between Republican Cindy Golding and Democrat Liz Mathis in an effort to shift the balance of power and undermine the state’s same-sex marriages. But Golding is speaking out against the outside meddling.
In an interview with The Gazette’s Todd Dorman on Sunday, Golding — who has yet to endorse the conservative effort to ban same-sex marriage through a constitutional amendment — argued that the race should focus on local concerns:
And she’s critical of the “help” she’s getting from the Republican Party of Iowa. Golding said she convinced the party to pull a TV ad comparing her Democratic opponent, Liz Mathis, to our “celebrity” president. She cringed when I mentioned it. Still, I noted this convincing came after the ad had run for quite a while.
“If it were me, we wouldn’t even be doing television. This is a local campaign,” Golding said.
Both Golding and Mathis have thus far avoided the marriage issue, with Golding arguing, “We have so many issues in this state that are much more important for our economy, for the families, for business.”