November 10th, 2009

Live from the Scott County GOP Dinner

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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reaganpp(1) is at the First Annual Scott County Ronald Reagan Dinner. The room is packed. Nearly 350 people are expected to attend. Former New York Governor George Pataki is the keynote speaker. Christian Fong, Chris Rants, Rod Roberts and Bob Vander Plaats are in attendance and will each get five minutes to address the crowd.

Also in attendance but not speaking is Secretary of State candidates Matt Schultz and George Eichhorn, 1st congressional candidate Rod Blum, State Treasurer candidate Dave Jamison and numerous other local candidates.

Great crowd. Lot of energy. Wonderful event.

Update One:

Dinner has been served.

County party raised $25,000 for the event.

Honoring the former county treasurer who served 50 years in that capacity.

Reading letter from Senator Grassley who is in Washington.

Ross Paustian will once again challenge Rep. Elesha Gayman

Jamison, Eichhorn, Schultz, and Blum address the crowd.

Gubernatorial Candidate Speeches

Fong give a good speech. Best speech that I’ve heard him give. Lots of talk about vision and conservative principles.

Rants speech was really good. Did a great job of talking about local issues. Respectfully took on Fong and Branstad on certain issues. Rants talked about how Republicans have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Ended up about talking his record of accomplishments.

Rod Roberts talked about his background. Talked about protecting Iowa’s right-to-work status. Not just defend right-to-work, but champion it. Eliminate the corporate income tax. Complete highway 30 and highway 20. Very similar to the speech he gave in Des Moines, but more forceful.

Vander Plaats begins by mentioning the Faithful Four, Rants, Roberts, Fong, and Vander Plaats. Big at Branstad for not attending these county events. Four things I’m going to do. 1. Executive order to stay gay marriage. 2. Make state government more efficient. 3. Open up Iowa for Business. 4. Reorganize education.

Tonight’s winner? In my opinion its Rants.

Governor Pataki

Governor Pataki was very funny at times but brutally harsh on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Democrats are wrong on health care, wrong on the economy, and wrong on foreign policy. It’s not America’s strength that causes problems in the world, its American’s weakness that causes problems around the world.

Pataki gave a great speech.

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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