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March 4th, 2009

Failor is Keeping His Options Open

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Ed Failor, Jr. is keeping his political options open. The President of the Muscatine-based Iowans for Tax Relief told The Iowa Republican yesterday that he has had discussions with his family and friends about a potential run for Governor against Chet Culver in 2010.

Before the launch party for this past Monday evening, Darrell Kearney, a few other Republican Party staffers, and myself were congregated at the bar of the Des Moines restaurant where the event was being held. The topic of discussion was the 2010 gubernatorial race.

As Failor, Jr. and a few other members of ITR walked in the door, Kearney jokingly pointed at him and said, “there is our candidate.” Not flinching, Failor said something to the affect of, “let’s do it.” When confronted by others in the group to see if he was joking, Failor didn’t back down.

In a follow-up with The Iowa Republican, Failor indicated that he never has given much thought to running for office until recently. He said that he was caught off guard by Kearney, since no party officials have been included in the conversations he has had with friends and family about a potential run.

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, 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 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,

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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