Editor's Note: Republican candidate for governor Tom Hoefling was asked by The Chronicle for his reaction to the Toledo and Tama June 3 primary results which showed him out-polling Gov. Terry Branstad 64-57 in Toledo and losing by a single vote 41-40 in Tama.
Here was Hoefling's message received in an email on June 4:
"I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Toledo and Tama for their votes on Tuesday," "Your experience with the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home is an object lesson in what happens when government gets it wrong. The real world isn't made up of the rhetoric of politicians, the machinations of lawyers, or entries on a bureaucrat's ledger. in fact, it consists of real people, real families, and real communities, who bleed when they're cut," Hoefling wrote.
"My prayers are with your community, that over the long haul, the spirit of your people will overcome this adversity."