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December 14th, 2010

Scheffler Backs Reince Priebus for RNC Chair

Iowa’s Republican National Committeeman, Steve Scheffler, has told TheIowaRepublican.com that he is supporting Reince Priebus to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. Not only is Scheffler supporting Priebus, but he has agreed to serve in Priebus’ “kitchen cabinet.”

Priebus, who currently is the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, oversaw sweeping wins in his state in the last election. Wisconsin Republicans elected a new Republican Governor, defeated a powerful incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator, added two congressional seats, and elected Republican majorities in both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature.

Preibus won Scheffler’s support by being a strong defender of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status, having a strong stance on social issues, and pledging to run a tight ship if elected to lead the RNC.

Scheffler’s support of Priebus is also a blow to Gentry Collins’ bid to be RNC chairman. Collins, an Iowan, has spent years working in Iowa politics. His inability to secure the support of all three Iowa RNC members will likely be a red flag to other members of the committee. Collins officially announced his candidacy yesterday, despite filing the necessary paperwork while he was still employed as Steele’s Political Director.

Last night, current RNC Chairman Michael Steele announced that he would seek another term. After participating in a conference call with Steele, Scheffler told TheIowaRepublican.com, “I’m surprised with all the drama leading up to this that he is running for a second term. His tenure as chairman has been a disaster. For the sake of our Republic, we must elect a chairman who can help carry us to victory in 2012 to defeat the Obama socialist agenda.”

The election for Chairman will take place January 15 at the RNC’s winter meeting.

Below is YouTube video from the Priebus for RNC Chairman Campaign.

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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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