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There's Got to Be a Reason
By B John Burns
November 7, 2012

Perusing on the Iowa Secretary of State website some of the statistics from what was, all around, a really decent night, I noticed that District 5C Judge Mary Pat Gunderson was retained with an approval percentage of 79.40.  That’s a point and a half higher than any achieved by each other judge in district 5C (including Judge Eliza Ovrum, who once hit me harder in the face than any man had ever hit me – but that’s another story).  Why is that?

I can guess.  It’s because people did the research.  In the last couple weeks, I’ve noticed that I’ve had an unusually large number of hits on my music website, www.bjohnburns.com.  I am able to tell which search engines, and which search terms,  people use to find my site. I’ve noticed that many of the recent hits on my site resulted from people Googling “Mary Pat Gunderson.”  

About 15 years ago, when she was a young, green Assistant Polk County Attorney, Judge Gunderson was, for about a month, the lead singer for a band I was playing in.  There is a photograph on my website of Judge Gunderson, then a much, much younger woman, singing with my band.

So people have done the research.  They looked into Judge Gunderson, saw that she used to perform with ME, and gave her, having been on the bench for less than a year, the highest approval rating of any judge in the district.  I do have that effect, apparently.

I’m thinking that has to explain why Justice David Wiggins, while successfully warding off his own retention challenge, received the LOWEST approval rating of any jurist on HIS Court.  It’s because he NEVER SANG WITH ME!!

It’s got nothing to do with Bob VanderPlaats.
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