HEARTLAND HUSTLE: Greenfield Talks Skills Training & Small Business, Holds Ernst Accountable on Ethanol as Another Expert Shifts IA-Sen to Toss Up

This week, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield continued to build momentum and prove she has what it takes to fight for Iowa’s hardworking families in the U.S. Senate.

Theresa met with small business owners and labor leaders around Iowa to talk about her commitment to expanding economic opportunity across Iowa’s hometowns, laid out her priorities for the next round of federal COVID-19 relief, and continued holding Senator Joni Ernst accountable for her disastrous failure to fight for Iowa’s farmers and biofuels producers. Closing out a busy week, the Cook Political Report joined other leading nonpartisan experts in shifting its rating for the Iowa Senate race in Theresa’s direction, to “Toss Up.”

Read more about how Theresa will work to create more good-paying job opportunities across Iowa:

Marshalltown Times-RepublicanGreenfield stops in Marshalltown, tours BAC

  • Busch pointed out various skills of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) Local 3 teach apprentices. From properly applying caulk to restoring old masonry to creating sidewalks and roads, Greenfield learned about everything the participants engage in and how the training equates to quality workmanship and higher pay.

Iowa State Daily: Theresa Greenfield visits Ames to discuss her support for small businesses

  • Theresa Greenfield visited the outskirts of Ames on Wednesday for one of her first in-person events since March. She met with Elliot Thompson, owner of Alluvial Brewing, to discuss the importance of small businesses.
  • When asked what Greenfield could do as senator to make a positive difference for him and his family, Thompson said financial help was his biggest priority.
  • “I really relate to that, that need,” Greenfield said. “I always ask how I can help.”

Her commitment to putting Iowa farmers ahead of Big Oil corporations (more on that at HasErnstCalledOnWheelerToResign.com):

E&E News: Iowa Democrat unveils ad attacking Ernst on biofuels

  • Iowa Senate hopeful Theresa Greenfield is renewing her charge that Sen. Joni Ernst (R) is too cozy with the oil industry to be an ethanol ally.
  • In a new radio advertisement released yesterday, Greenfield — Ernst’s Democratic opponent — says the incumbent has taken “millions from corporate PACs, including big oil companies trying to undermine ethanol,” and she took “big campaign contributions from an oil company CEO seeking [renewable fuel standard] waivers.”

And her priorities for making sure hardworking Iowans get the COVID-19 relief they need:

KMA Radio: Greenfield calls for extension of expanded unemployment benefits during pandemic

  • “I particularly want to make sure that our essential workers are getting the help that they need,” said Greenfield. “I believe the way to do that is to extend the expanded unemployment insurance benefits that expire this week. We need more direct payments to workers. We need to expand paid sick leave to all of our workers. Folks shouldn’t have to choose between going to work sick or staying home and take care of themselves or their family and maybe lose a paycheck or lose their job.”
  • Earlier this month, Greenfield unveiled her “Small Towns, Bigger Paychecks” plan to help pull businesses through the pandemic. Specifically, Greenfield says the plan targets small businesses and their need for more investment.

After Theresa spent the week hearing from Iowans and holding Senator Ernst accountable, the Cook Political Report shifted its rating for Iowa’s U.S. Senate race in Theresa’s direction to “Toss Up” — citing Theresa’s “compelling story” and her polling lead in this race that “could become the tipping point of control in the Senate.”

Cook Political Report: Hawkeye Headaches for Republicans

  • [Greenfield] has a compelling story of how she survived on social security benefits as her first husband, a union electrician, was killed on the job, leaving her with a small child and pregnant with another.
  • After Greenfield won her primary in June, a poll from venerated Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer and the Des Moines Register showed Greenfield leading Ernst by 3 points, 49%-47%. Both GOP and Democratic polling are now showing the same statistically tied race. And Ernst has had some missteps in the race and isn’t performing as well as Republicans had hoped.