A former state legislator who served under Governors Branstad, Vilsack, and Culver has launched a Draft Branstad movement to encourage former Governor Terry Branstad to seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination next spring. Sandy Greiner, a Republican from Keota who served 16 years in the Iowa State Legislature, announced today that she is leading an effort to encourage former Branstad to run for governor.
“Everywhere I go, everyone asks me– how can we get Terry Branstad to run for Governor? Like so many Iowans, I desire experienced leadership in these challenging times our state faces. Therefore, I decided to organize an effort to encourage Governor Branstad to run. He is an experienced, proven leader Iowans can rely on, and has an outstanding record to campaign on if our efforts can help convince him to run,” said Greiner.
Greiner’s Draft Branstad effort released a web video and has also launched a website, www.DraftBranstad.com, earlier today.
Earlier this week, Branstad let it be known that he has solicited the help of Rich Schwarm, Branstad’s former law partner and Republican Party of Iowa Chairman, to see if a potential campaign would have the necessary financial support to be viable.
The draft Branstad movement launches just days following numerous anonymous attacks of Branstad’s record as Iowa’s governor. In her press release Greiner states why she thinks Branstad would be an ideal candidate. Greiner said, “Governor Branstad is a tested, experienced leader. Governor Branstad’s abilities were tested time and again as governor – leading Iowa through the farm crisis and later during the devastating floods in 1993. Under his leadership, Iowa saw balanced budgets, tax cuts, and robust growth in our economy. He made Iowa a leader in the world in education.”
The press release also highlights Branstad’s record on a number of social issues. “Governor Branstad, a Catholic, was a staunch supporter of school choice during his governorship, believing that parents make the best decisions about their childrens education. He also is a real pro-life leader, having signed a parental notification bill into law – even gaining Democrat support to pass this pro-life legislation. Also, in 1998, Governor Branstad signed SF 2073 into law, a bill that banned partial birth abortions,” Greiner added.
Governor Branstad also worked to gain passage of the Defense of Marriage Act, a bill that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. That landmark bill signed by Governor Branstad was just recently struck down by the Iowa Supreme Court.
When asked if former Branstad Chief of Staff and 2002 Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Gross is involved in the movement, Greiner said, “Doug is not involved in the Draft Branstad movement, but I hope that he and thousands of other Iowans join the effort to encourage him to run.”
You can follow the Draft Branstad movement on Twitter and FaceBook.
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