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September 22nd, 2009

Draft Baranstad Movement Picks Up Support of Two Legislators

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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TEB1Draft Branstad PAC announces the endorsement of State Representative Jeff Kaufmann (R-Wilton).

“I am very pleased to announce the endorsement of State Representative Jeff Kaufmann. Rep. Kaufmann is a well respected leader in the Republican legislative caucus, as well as among conservatives throughout eastern Iowa. He will help lead the legislative coalition for Draft Branstad PAC. I welcome Jeff to the effort and look forward to working with him to recruit conservatives to Draft Branstad to run for governor of Iowa,” said Sandy Greiner.

“I am honored to be a part of the Draft Branstad effort. Iowa needs and deserves real, proven leadership once again. Iowa’s current governor has borrowed us into the largest budget deficit we have ever faced, with soaring unemployment numbers and out-of-control spending; we need Terry Branstad’s experience and leadership once again. I am excited and anxious to get to work recruiting other conservatives to join me in the Draft Branstad for Governor effort. Iowa needs Terry Branstad to run for Governor of Iowa to preserve our state for future generations,” stated Rep. Jeff Kaufmann.

Representative Kaufmann represents the 79th District encompassing Cedar County, as well as parts of Johnson and Muscatine Counties. Elected in 2004, he has been the Vice Chair of the Education, Veterans Affairs, and Local Government Committees. He currently serves on the Ways and Means, Judicial, Rebuild Iowa, and State Government Committees respectively, as well as serving his second term as Assistant Leader in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Draft Branstad PAC announces the endorsement of State Senator David Johnson (R-Ocheyedan).

“Today, I welcome another great addition to the Draft Branstad effort, Senator David Johnson from Ocheyedan. Senator Johnson represents Northwest Iowa and will be joining Representative Jeff Kaufmann in our legislative coalition and recruitment efforts,” said Sandy Greiner.

Sen. Johnson stated: “I’ve had the honor of representing Iowans for the past 11 years, working for and listening to farmers, small businesspeople, and taxpayers. I believe Iowa can once again be a place where families and businesses call home. For this to happen, however, Iowa needs real, experienced leadership. Iowa needs to restore fiscal discipline. I am happy to put my support behind the Draft Branstad effort. As a dedicated public servant, he helped Iowa once before, and I believe he can help Iowa again.”

Senator David Johnson represents the 3rd District covering all of Osceola, Dickinson, O’Brien and Clay counties and part of Sioux County. Elected to the Iowa Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, he is an Assistant Republican Leader and is Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee. He also is the top Republican on the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. Additionally, he serves on the Appropriations, Education, Human Resources and Natural Resources Committees. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Johnson served four years in the Iowa House of Representatives.


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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