Living in Society

Michael Franken for Iowa’s Next U.S. Senator

DES MOINES (April 24, 2009) Rear Adm. Michael Franken, left, and Yeoman Chief Jose Soto listen as Des Moines University President Terry E. Branstad gives a tour of the school’s Simulation Lab during Des Moines Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Thorpe. Photo credit – Wikimedia Commons).

At the Oct. 6 U.S. Senate debate, each candidate had their points. Incumbent Chuck Grassley explained his daily work schedule when Congress is in session and said he would bring more of the same if reelected. Retired Navy Admiral Michael Franken brought youth, experience, and new ideas. Fans of each candidate had to find something to like.

I had more than a dozen conversations with Franken on every topic I could think of, beginning with his run in the 2020 Democratic primary. He is what he says he is. He has thoughtful, informed proposals to address many of today’s political, social, and foreign affairs problems. The smear tactics of dark money in our politics wash right off him. It is likely because he was an effective leader at the highest level of the U.S. military.

It was surprising that overturning Roe vs. Wade became an issue this election cycle. If you oppose government intervention between a woman and her doctor, and support reproductive freedom, Franken is your candidate.

I’m voting for Michael Franken Nov. 8. I hope you will too.

~ Submitted as a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register.