Leach in the house

By Rod Boshart – Former Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Leach has been given a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention. Leach, who represented parts of Eastern Iowa for 30 years, surprised and disappointed Iowa Republicans recently by endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president. Obama officials announced Sunday that Leach had been invited to address the convention tonight during what is being billed as “one nation night.”