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March 30th, 2010

Santorum “Disgusted” With Questionable RNC Expenditures

Santorum in IowaFormer United States Senator Rick Santorum was in Council Bluffs, Iowa today at a noon luncheon hosted by the Pottawattamie Republican Party. During the question and answer portion of the event, Santorum was asked to comment about a story that appeared in the Washington Post regarding the Republican National Committee spending $1,946.25 at Voyeur, a West Hollywood nightclub that is known for its bondage and S & M performances.

On its website, Voyeur describes itself as, “A destination for provocative revelry that combines eroticism and nightlife exclusivity. An alluring ambience designed with elegance and comfort while maintaining underground vitality”

Santorum’s face filled with disgust as he listened to the question. “There is no excuse for people’s contributions to the RNC to go to pay for this behavior,” Santorum said. “Frankly, I’m disgusted by it,” he added.

Santorum went on to criticize RNC Chairman Michael Steele, saying, “As a leader, you set the tone for your organization. If somebody who worked for my organization did something like this, they would be out of a job.” Santorum added, “It’s not just that this happened, it’s that someone saw this reimbursement and then approved of it. Chairman Steele might not have had personal knowledge about this sort of activity, but if that’s the case, there is an absence of leadership at the RNC.”

Even before this latest RNC scandal, Republican insiders were beginning to view Steele as a liability. In a poll of Republican insiders conducted by the National Journal Online two weeks ago, 71 percent of respondents admitted that Steele is a liability.

Santorum’s visit to Iowa is his third in the last six months. Thirty people attended his Council Bluffs event, a surprising turnout considering that there was not much notice or publicity in advance of the event. The crowd that turned out today for lunch is larger than some presidential candidates generate in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses.

While some national political pundits dismiss Santorum as a legitimate presidential candidate, Iowans have responded well to him in the last six months. The level of interest that Santorum is receiving is an indication that Iowans are keeping their options open for the 2012 caucuses.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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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