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July 7th, 2009

Paul McKinley is a Candidate for Governor

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Written by: Craig Robinson

mckinley3Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley told The Iowa Republican this morning that he will “aggressively explore a campaign for governor.” McKinley’s entrance into the race for governor enlarges the field to six candidates. Bob Vander Plaats, Chris Rants, and Christian Fong have all filed the necessary paperwork to raise and spend money on their gubernatorial campaigns. Two other candidates, State Rep. Rod Roberts and Sen. Jerry Behn have also campaigned for governor but have not set up a candidate committee to date.

McKinley said, “My vision is to prepare Iowa to compete in a global economy and give the people of Iowa their government back.”

When asked how his decision to run for Governor will affect the Republican effort in the Senate to gain seats in the 2010 elections, McKinley indicated that Senate Republicans will not miss a beat, and he believes that his campaign for Governor will also aid in their efforts to win a majority in the chamber.

Some have criticized McKinley for not doing all he could to force a vote on the marriage issue during the legislative session. McKinley said, “There has been a lot of political bickering on that subject. The Senate did more than anyone else to get a marriage amendment passed.” McKinley told the Iowa Republican that an amendment was drafted so that it could be attached to various bills, but each of their four attempts to attach it was unsuccessful.


The four attempts to pass a marriage amendment or pass language defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman in the State Senate are as follows:

1. A Leadership Bill. Senator McKinley asked Majority Leader Mike Gronstal to join him in sponsoring a marriage amendment. Gronstal denied McKinley’s request.

2. Sen. Merlin Bartz attacked an amendment that would define marriage to a bill. Gronstal deferred the bill.

3. Sen. David Johnson tried to pass a discharge proposition. This would have pulled the resolution out of committee and allowed them to amend it. Republicans in the Senate all supported the move, and democrats were asked to support the measure twice. Every Democrat declined both times.

4. Sen. Merlin Bartz filed a conscience clause amendment that would apply to county recorders. Bartz’ amendment went nowhere in the Democrat controlled senate.

McKinley’s website is

The has also weighed in on McKinley’s announcement.

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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