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Gibbons hires campaign manager
Jim Gibbons, the former Iowa State University wrestling coach vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, has brought on a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., to run his campaign.
Gibbons announced Wednesday that Brian Chatwin will serve as campaign manager. Most recently, Chatwin was an aide to Ensign, but he previously worked on the 2000 and 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, as well as the 2008 GOP National Convention in Minneapolis. Brian is a native of Las Vegas, Nev., and has family in Keokuk County.
Of the five men seeking the GOP nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell, Gibbons has managed to garner the most attention, thanks to his ties to a number of wealthy Republican power brokers, including Gary Kirke, Bruce Rastetter, Denny Elwell and John Ruan. Those associations mean Gibbons will likely be the candidate with the best fundraising operation, a key factor when taking on an eight-term incumbent.