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January 20th, 2010

Pate Will Not Run for Secretary of State

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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pateAfter months of rumors that former Secretary of State Paul Pate would run for his old office agian, Pate announced today that he will not seek the Republican nomination. Pate’s plans to seek state-wide office in 2010 were put on hold due to the health of his parents. Both of his parents have experienced health problems recently and he wants to be there with them during this difficult time.
Pate made the following statement today.

As a former Iowa Secretary of State I want to thank the many Iowans who have encouraged me to seek this leadership position again. I appreciated the opportunity to serve Iowans as a State Senator, Mayor and Iowa Secretary of State. Reflecting on this important leadership position and considering my family and business demands I will not be seeking Iowa Secretary of State position.

I have great respect and admiration for those that run for elected office. Councilman Schultz and Rep. Eichhorn are both honorable men and will offer Iowan’s an excellent choice for new leadership. I will continue to support and be active in government as a private citizen. Thank you for your encouragement and continued support.

The Republican Primary now comes down to Matt Schultz, a young energetic city councilman from Council Bluffs, and George Eichhorn a former legislator and US Senate candidate.

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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