The Register’s Editorial: No place in Iowa campaigns for dirty tricks

While Jack Hatch, the Democrats’ candidate for governor, was preparing to announce Monica Vernon as his choice to be his lieutenant governor running mate, Republican Terry Branstad’s re-election team was busy, too.

It was launching www.HatchVernon.com.

The website looks like an official campaign homepage for the Democratic team. But it isn’t. It’s a parody with content controlled by the governor’s team. They are using it to leave the impression with the public that Hatch and Vernon are seeking to raise taxes and pass “unbalanced budgets.”

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