June 17th, 2010

Email Phonies Push for Kent Sorensen for Lt. Gov.

By Emily Geiger

It looks like there are some emails going around from fake people trying to get support for a grassroots effort to nominate Kent Sorenson for Lieutenant Governor at the GOP state convention, thereby thwarting Terry Branstad’s ability to have the running mate of his choosing.

I find this very interesting because:

1) The same exact email is going around, but sometimes with different “signatures” at the bottom. One says it’s from “James Jefferson” who can be found at “James’ Conservatives, 241 NW Bumstead, West Des Moines, IA 50266.” Another claims to be from “Craig Robinsen” (as opposed to Craig Robinson) and is signed “Craig, an Iowa Republican.” I think it’s pretty slimy to try to create the impression that a semi-public figure like the editor of this website is behind this effort, when he clearly isn’t; and

2) Several of the people who sent this to me said that the only political mailing lists they are on are HuckPac and Bob Vander Plaats’ lists. One person told me they were on those two lists, plus the Republican Party of Iowa’s list, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s highly unlikely that RPI is pushing for Kent Sorenson to be Lieutenant Governor.

So, my theory is that whoever is doing this is someone with access to the HuckPac email list or the Bob Vander Plaats’ email list. I don’t think it would be someone like Eric Woolson, former campaign manager for BVP. I wouldn’t put it past Lori Jungling, the Iowa HuckPac point person. It’s just hard to say who has access to those lists from those organizations.

As for Kent Sorenson, I wonder if anyone bothered to contact him about this before they emailed thousands of people about this little scheme?

I do agree that the Lieutenant Governor nominee absolutely needs to be someone with an unblemished record on pro-life and other pro-family issues, such as traditional marriage. Kent Sorenson fits that bill, but to be quite frank, I’d rather see him kick Staci Appel’s rear-end on election day. I think we need strong pro-family legislators in place just as much, if not more than we need that in the Lieutenant Governor position.

After all, it’s the legislators who are going to get the amendment process rolling to repeal gay marriage in Iowa, not the Lieutenant Governor. And who else in the legislature is going to lead that charge in the State Senate besides Kent? Nobody from that chamber was lining up for that position during the last session.

Sadly, this seems like another example of BVP supporters forgetting that the ultimate goal is to get a marriage amendment, not hand Bob Vander Plaats a position of power and not to give Terry Branstad the proverbial middle finger.

I thought the rally cry was, “Let Us Vote!”

It seems some have forgotten that.

About the Author

Battleground Iowa
Emily Geiger writes from a conservative perspective on everything from politics to religion to pop culture. Like the original Emily of Revolutionary War era, this Emily is delivering important messages crucial to winning the raging war of the time, but today, this is a culture war rather than a traditional one. And, like the original Emily, sometimes it takes a woman to do (or say) that which lesser men lack the courage and tenacity to do.

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