“You are one BAD person…shame on you…triple exclamation point,” Rep. Steve King reads from a tweet in a new campaign ad. “That’s love,” the Iowa congressman snickers.
“Your the problem we have to fix,” says another tweet. “Your the problem … Y-O-U-R…Your the problem. Your illiterate. Your rhymes with Common Core, which is where your education must have come from,” quips King, zinging the increasingly unpopular nationalized education standards and warming the hearts of grammar cops everywhere.
King’s wife, Marilyn, joined him in reading several tweets. “You are a sad excuse for a human being.” Mrs. King looked at her husband and said, “I’ve been saying that for years!” The couple, parents of three children, burst into laughter.
The ad shows a warm, fuzzy side of the congressman who is known for his brash style and blunt rhetoric.
King, a six-term incumbent, faces Democrat Jim Mowrer in a race for Iowa’s 4th congressional district seat in November. A September Loras College poll showed King leading his Democratic challenger 47.3 percent to 36 percent with nearly 20 percent of voters undecided.