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November 27th, 2010

Collins Began His RNC Chair Campaign A Week Before He Resigned His Post

Documents filed November 9, 2010, with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office show that former RNC Political Director, Gentry Collins, had prepared and submitted the necessary paperwork to create a 527 group to advance himself as a candidate for RNC chairman while he was still employed by the RNC and serving current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Collins made news last week when he resigned his position, and in doing so, he leaked a scathing rebuke of Steele to the Politico, which was dated and published November 16, 2010.  TheIowaRepublican.com called Collins’ behavior “self-serving and unnecessary,” since Collins took no responsibility in the shortcomings of the committee, and also spent the summer and fall singing the RNC’s praises, even in the area of fundraising, which was the focus of the criticism in his reproach of Steele.

Now that we can see that Collins had already made the decision to challenge Steele for the RNC chairmanship a more than a week before even resigning his position, his four-page diatribe can be analyzed differently.  Collins and his supporters want him to be portrayed as loyal employee who felt compelled to blow the whistle on the inner workings of the RNC.  In reality, Collins wasn’t sounding the alarm.  He was simply undermining the very person who was responsible for giving him his position with the RNC in the first place.

The remarks of former Iowa Speaker of the House Chris Rants also were prophetic.  Last week Rants said, “He [Collins] is a planner, and very methodical, so I have no doubt that he did not take this step lightly. When he sets his mind to something, he usually moves heaven and earth to make it happen.”

Little did we know that Brian Kennedy, a close confidant to Collins, had already incorporated “Collins for Chairman” back on November 9, 2010, well in advance of the November 16th resignation and Politico story.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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