Two weeks ago, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s campaign pointed out that Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield scrubbed her campaign website’s biography of references to her employment with Rottlund Homes and Colby Interests.
Greenfield’s campaign offered a strange excuse.
On Monday, the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reported, “Greenfield staff said Friday that campaigns change their websites all the time and that they had simply overhauled it in March, creating more room for volunteering, and other changes, in addition to those on the background page.”
Updating campaign websites is understandable, but you don’t need to scrub a bio to “make room” for additional webpages like a volunteer sign-up.
Considering there isn’t a good reason for Greenfield’s campaign to do this beyond trying to deflect attention away from her record with those companies, I guess all they are left with is nonsense.
“The Greenfield campaign’s excuse for deleting details about her failed business record is laughable…what they deleted is not. Theresa Greenfield knows her failed business record is problematic. That’s why she and her team are now scrambling to hide the truth that Greenfield is an out-of-touch liberal, who has a record of putting her own interests ahead of Iowans,” Melissa Deatsch, Ernst’s campaign spokesperson, said.
Several small business owners criticized Greenfield’s record as president of Colby Interests for evicting small businesses to make way for a multinational corporation.
A KCRG TV fact check of a National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) ad attacking Greenfield’s record with Rottlund Homes as “mostly true.”
They noted that Rottlund Homes, where Greenfield served as the CEO of their Iowa division, went bankrupt and faced lawsuits claiming that the business owed $29 million, but that it was during a recession. They also stated that the company had been sued 60 times since 1995, but she did not join the company until 2005. Rottlund Homes in Iowa was sued ten times while she served as the division CEO.