GOP candidate mistakenly spoke at Dems' convention - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:29 am
GOP candidate mistakenly spoke at Dems' convention

ALBIA, Iowa (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate said he learned a valuable lesson about doubling checking his campaign stops after giving his pitch to Iowa Democrats by mistake.

Dan Dolan of Muscatine said he arrived early Saturday at the Monroe County Courthouse in Albia for a Republican convention and headed up the stairs. Turns out, county Democrats also were holding their convention in the courthouse before the Republicans, and Dolan gave his speech to them instead.

"My staffer runs up and says, 'Hey, Dan Dolan is here. Can he speak?' So they stopped everything, and I get up there and give my speech," Dolan said. "I get done, a guy raises his hand and says, 'I think you want to talk to the Republicans.'"

Dolan said it was a "crazy day" with 10 campaign stops in the district.

Dolan and John Archer of Bettendorf are competing for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

Monroe County Board member Denny Ryan said he understood how such a mistake could occur. The Republican convention began at 1 p.m., and the Democratic convention began at 11 a.m. He said the whole situation was comical.

"We just didn't ask enough questions. He was very polite about things," Ryan said. "He's a great guy; he didn't offend anybody."

Dolan said he wasn't sure how many Democratic votes he won that day, but "I think everybody was very, very good about it."

He said the rest of the day continued without a hiccup, but he and his staff have learned to ask before addressing the crowd.

"From that point on, we checked at every place we stopped," he said. "We said, 'Is this the Republican convention?'"

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Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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