Libertarian candidate for governor Eric Cooper pulled off a rare feat at a recent forum: He upstaged the major-party contenders. And not just because he announced he’s lost 144 pounds in eight months.
Cooper, of Ames, owned the audience at the Iowans for Tax Relief gubernatorial forum last Saturday. He left me wanting to know more about him. That’s another uncommon accomplishment for a third-party candidate.
One of the refreshing things about Cooper is that he doesn’t bother pretending he’s going to be Iowa’s next governor. There’s no need to decide whether to politely indulge the fantasy.