It seems somewhat early, but State Senator for Iowa's District 2 Randy Feenstra recently announced his intent to challenge Iowa's District 4 Representative Steve King for his seat in Washington. King is a long-standing incumbent in the district. Feenstra said the current U.S. representative's reputation for controversial comments has become a distraction and left the district without effective representation. King's campaign responded by saying Feenstra had obviously been swayed by liberal lies and called it political opportunism. Regardless, Feenstra will have to convince the GOP voters of District 4 to give up their continued diet of King's representation if he hopes to win the Republican nomination for 2020.
Apologies, but there is no progress animation this time. I kept losing my momentum on this one and had to stumble back to it later. I had hoped to have something ready for the Spencer Daily Reporter before they went to print Wednesday night, but I had reporting of my own on which to work, and I couldn't juggle both. I wish I could have. It's always nice to have an article related to the cartoon in the same edition. That said, I will put some of the rejected sketches on here to show some of my process.
I liked the composition of the second sketch very much, but decided to go with another idea because I wasn't sure Feenstra would be recognizable from the back. In the end, it also gave me the opportunity to place Feenstra's hand on the elephant's trunk in a sort of tentative, testing manner. I felt that was fairly indicative of the situation he's in now, as the Republicans of northwest Iowa consider going for the Feenstra peanut over the foliage they're used to with King.
I think I've left this one open to interpretation a bit more than others. Elephants naturally eat greenery. Yet, we all know they like peanuts. So, the question I guess I'm leaving open is which option does the elephant really think is best. We'll find out.
Thanks for reading.