Category: Joni Ernst

Rep. Axne Running for Re-Election, Won’t Challenge for Sen. Ernst’s Seat

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Democrat Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa’s 3rd District is running for re-election and will not challenge for Republican Joni Ernst’s seat in the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Channel 13 Political Director Dave Price confirmed the information Tuesday.

Axne became one of the first two Iowa women, along with Rep. Abby Finkenauer, to serve in the U.S. House following the 2018 elections. She beat two-term incumbent Rep. David Young in that election.

‘I’m Not OK with That,’ Sen. Joni Ernst Says After President’s Lawyer Argues It’s OK to Get Intel From Russia

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said Monday that accepting information about a political opponent from a foreign government is not acceptable, even if it does not break the law.

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said Sunday that there was “nothing wrong” with accepting information from Russia. Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent nearly two years investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 election. Mueller found no evidence of collusion.

Ernst disagrees with Giuliani’s assertion that there would be nothing wrong with the Trump campaigning accepting information from Russia about opponents. “I’m not O.K. with that,” she said, “Foreign governments need to stay out.”

Congressional Democrats have been discussing whether to pursue impeachment against Trump following the public release of Mueller’s report. Asked Monday whether the president was concerned about impeachment, he responded, “not even a little bit.”

“Clearly there was no collusion,” Ernst said of the results of Mueller’s investigation, “I think the president is on safe footing but we’ll see where folks in the house will go with that.”

Ernst described the president as “very brash” when asked about findings in the Mueller report that said the reason the president didn’t commit wrongdoings was that some of those people who worked for him refused to carry out his requests. “As long as he surrounds himself with good people, he should be able to stay on the straight and narrow,” she added.

Ernst also released details of her annual Roast and Ride fundraiser. The 49-mile motorcycle ride leaves from the Big Barn Harley Davidson in Des Moines on June 15th and ends at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone. It will serve as her official re-election kickoff for U.S. Senate for 2020.

‘I Do Feel That it Happened for a Reason,’ Sen. Ernst Says of Private Details of Alleged Rape and Abuse That Became Public

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, said she isn’t sure she would have ever voluntarily discussed painful moments of her past but said her stories are now helping others.

“I do feel that it happened for a reason,” Ernst said.

Ernst claimed that her ex-husband, Gail, physically attacked her while they were married. Those details became public in January in her divorce papers, first published by Cityview. 

Later that month, she also later revealed that an acquaintance raped her while she was a student at Iowa State University. 

Ernst said women have told her since then that they also are survivors of abuse. “One single moment will not define your entire being,” Ernst said of the message she tries to share with those survivors.

Watch Ernst’s discuss the pain of her past going public and how she tries to help others now because of it.