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February 4th, 2009

Rep. Rod Roberts considers running for Iowa Governor

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Written by: The Iowa Republican

Rep. Rod RobertsDES MOINES —A five-term Republican from a Democratic oasis in western Iowa is giving consideration to making a bid for the GOP nomination for governor in 2010.

“Those conversations are talking place,” Rep. Rod Roberts, R-Carroll, confirmed Wednesday.

Among his considerations are “the kind of people who might come together to be helpful and supportive” of a gubernatorial bid.

Roberts, 51, expects there will be a Republican primary in 2010 with or without him. Neither the likelihood of a primary nor the roster of possible GOP candidates will influence his decision, Roberts said.

Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats is the only candidate to announce he’s running, but Secretary of Ag Bill Northey of Spirit Lake, Auditor David Vaudt and Ames businessman Bruce Rastetter are being mentioned as possible Republican challengers to freshman Democrat Gov. Chet Culver of West Des Moines.

While the others have indicated they will make decisions this moth on whether to seek the nomination, Roberts said he doesn’t have a timetable.

Roberts, an ordained minister who now works on development for Christian Churches-Church of Christ in Iowa, has developed a reputation as a social conservative who reaches out to others, including Democrats.

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