October 27, 2016

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Candidate Jim Mowrer still remains silent and indifferent on supporting Sarah’s Law, nearly a full day since he first stunned audience members of the Third District Congressional debate by refusing to support the bipartisan bill.Scott Root, Sarah Root’s father, released the below statement in response to Mowrer’s silence:

“Sarah’s Law is designed to protect American citizens. Why would that not be your priority? My daughter would be here if the government would enforce the laws. Ask Jim Mowrer how he would feel if this happened to him,” Mr. Root said. “Now my daughter’s killer is on [the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s] top 10 list, but he might never be caught.”

Sarah Root was tragically killed by a drunk driver in January 2016. The driver, who was in the country illegally, was released on bail and predictably fled the country, avoiding prosecution for manslaughter. Sarah’s Law requires the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take custody of an illegal immigrant charged with a crime resulting in death or serious injury.

Rep. David Young – Mowrer’s opponent – is the bill’s lead Republican sponsor in the U.S. House of Representatives.

David Young’s campaign manager, Charlie Szold, said that Mowrer showed his true colors on the IPTV debate stage Wednesday night.

“Iowans have to be disappointed that Jim Mowrer refuses to support this bipartisan bill, even now that he’s had a chance to learn more about this tragic situation,” Szold said. “This is an honest look into how Jim Mowrer sees the job for which he is running. It is yet another example of how — as a congressman — he would blindly put partisan politics ahead of the people of Iowa’s Third District.”