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June 26th, 2010

State Convention Live Blog – Lt. Governor Election, Zaun, Northey Speech,

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Written by: Craig Robinson

11:40 – Chair recognizes US. Rep. Steve King, who places the name of Kim Reynolds into nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

He has known Kim since 1996 since she was county treasurer.  In 2008, Kim ran for State Senate.  In that year, Kim met with him and they discussed issues, and he made sure they saw eye to eye on fiscal and social issues.  He has always been impressed with what he’s seen.

She has the eye of the tiger, campaigning hard, not backing down from a challenge.

She is not charismatically challenged.  She can be an active proponent across this state for all Iowa GOP candidates.  She has stood up and worked for pro-life and pro-family candidates, including Steve King.  She works for all of us and represents the values we hold dear.

Chair recognized Kim Lehman, National Committeewoman, who seconds the nomination of Kim Reynolds.


11:44 – State Rep. Duane Alons of Sioux County is recognized.  He places into nomination Bob Vander Plaats for Lt. Governor.

Says this is not about one person, but about the grassroots, 41% of which voted for BVP.  This would be a way to unite the party and represent the broad spectrum of issues that we face.

If we are going to be a republic of the people, by the people and for the people, we need to acknowledge the grassroots.

Will Johnson – Dubuque County – Seconds BVP nomination – Tea Party activist


Linda Harrington – Marshall County – Nominates Rod Roberts.   He could step into office and take over if needed from day one.

Jeremy Walters  – Polk County – Seconds nomination of Roberts.

Nominations cease.

11:50 – Chair taking 2 minute recess to allow nominees to come forward to indicate if they would accept the nomination.  Then, each nominee will get 3  minutes for speech.

11:52 – Chair calls convention back to order.  Speaking order will be Roberts, Reynolds, Vander Plaats.


Roberts takes the stage.

On June 8th, the voters made their decision.  The voters chose Branstad for governor.  I respect that decision.  Branstad has the right to choose his own Lt. Gov.  I endorse both Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds.  I respectfully decline the nomination.


11:54 – Kim Reynolds takes the stage.

Thanks to Kim Leyman and Steve King and Rod Roberts.

Humbled and honored to serve in this position.

I am pro traditional marriage.  In the senate I sponsored a constitutional amendment to define marriage.

I sponsored a Con. Amend. to limit state spending to 99% of revenues.

I sponsored a Con. Amend. to change the way judges are appointed.

I sponsored legislation to define when life begins to recognize the rights, privileges and immunities of the unborn child.

I am most proud to be a wife, mother and grandmother.

Every Iowan deserves a bright future.  We need more jobs and better schools.

I humbly ask for your support and your vote.  You have my word that I will work everyday for our shared conservative values.  Thank you and God bless.


11:58 – Bob Vander Plaats takes the stage.

I started this journey a long time ago.  Thanks to all those who have championed our cause.

I had a couple of objectives in this race.

1.  End politics as usual once and for all.

2.  Unite this Republican party

I understand and respect what happened on June 8 and Branstad’s ability to choose his Lt. Gov.  But it would be disingenuous of me to ignore the voice of the people.

The be frank, this is not a position I desire to be in today, but I’ve been contacted by many who want me to serve.

I accept the nomination of Duane Alons and Will Johnson.  I ask you, the delegates, to let your voice be heard in how you believe you should be heard.


12: 01 – Chair explaining voting process.  County chairs, one per county, are going to back of room to get paper ballots.

Chair says this process will take about 25 minutes.

12:22 – Credentialing committee called back into their meeting room.

12:32 – Chair asks all Polk County delegates to go to the back of the room with their credential tag to re-vote.  Apparently, there was a discrepancy in the 1st vote from that county that the auditors were unable to reconcile.

12:43 – Still no further word on results.

12:51 – We’ve gotten word that there was a voter irregular in the Polk County vote.  More votes than delegates from the first vote, hence the need for the re-vote.  However, the numbers from the re-vote might be slightly different given the possibility that some delegates left the convention hall and did not hear the call for a re-vote.

1:01 – Chair calls for Delbert Longley, Chair of the Credentialing Committee, to go to the credentialing area.

1:10 – Chair calls for the entire credentials committee to meet.  They must vote to accept the results of the Polk County re-vote.

1:11 – Brad Zaun – 3rd CD candidate takes the stage.

He’s here  to send Boswell to retirement.

I salute his service to our country, but he needs to go.  The competition in my primary was incredible, and I have a lot of respect for the other candidates.  We’ve come together now, and are all focuses on beating Boswell.  But they prepared me for the contest.  I’m going to turn it up a few notches.

This campaign is not about me, it’s about every one of you out there.  You are not being listened to.  I will listen to you in Washington, D.C.  I’ll get a bed and sleep in my office.  I’m keeping my family in Iowa so they aren’t subjected to D.C. indoctrination, and I’m going to be home a lot.

Faith, family and my word are my core issues.  If you don’t have that, you’re done.

Always treat people the way you want to be treated, don’t forget where you came from, always were the same hat size.  This was advice from my dad.

I’ve always been outspent, but I won’t be outworked.

We need to send a hardware store owner to DC to fix the mess that ‘s going on.  I’m asking all of you to help me get elected.  I’ll be honored to have your support, and I won’t let you down.

I won’t change.  God bless, I’m proud to be a Republican, and I’ll be seeing you all soon.

End speech.

1:17 – Bill Northey takes the stage.

What a wonderful day to be a Republican.  Thank you for helping me become the 1st GOP Sec. of Ag. in 20 years.  That was a tough cycle, but this one can be good for the GOP.

Dems thinks the government can fix everything.  If all you have is a hammer, you think everything is a nail.  They think more taxes and regulation can fix anything.

We have a great chance to turn the tables and take this back.

People know what is at stake this time around.  There is a lot of good things happening, but a lot of people are nervous.

There is ag investment going on all over the state, but a lot of people are nervous.  43 cents of every dollar the federal gov. is spending is borrowed.  We need a change in government and leadership in DC and Iowa.  We can make a huge statement this time around.

It’s votes that matter.  Elections have consequences.  The change this fall all starts with you.

1:23 – Sources tell that Kim Reynolds, Terry Branstad’s choice, has secured the nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

749 Delegate votes for Kim Reynolds

579 Delegate votes for Bob Vander Plaats.

1:26 – Per rule 2(c) – Credentialing committee is giving a revised report.  Motion to accept revised report passes.

1:27 – Dave Jamison – Candidate for State Treasurer, takes the stage.

I plan to bring new leadership to the treasurer’s office.  This office hasn’t had new leadership since 1982.  Michael Jordan was on college, and Microsoft Dos version 1.1 was released.

We can have a whole new leadership team in place in this state in November, including Terry Branstad, and my friend, Kim Reynolds.

Iowa is in bad shape fiscally, but we must win at the ballot box to fix this, and we all need to pull together.

If we can leave here united and focused on defeating Culver, surely we can prevail, we must prevail.

We can have a state treasurer who will protect the public’s money, and bring greater transparency and won’t spend more than we take in.  And I won’t give money to crooks.

It’s going to take a lot of money and volunteers.  Only 129 days until the election.  We can sweep the state offices, but we must be committed, and that needs to start now.

Reminding delegates of contribution cards for his campaign.

Thanks for your help.  We can put Iowa first.  God Bless.

1:34 – Chair announces that Kim Reynolds wins the nomination with 749 votes.  56% of the votes.

Reynolds takes the stage to a standing ovation.

Humbly accepts the nomination.  Pledges to work every hour to ensure Branstad’s election.

Leadership matters.  Iowa needs Terry Branstad, a true leader back in the governor’s office.

Thanks to my family.  They keep me grounded and real, and today’s environment, that’s important.

Thanks to the delegates for proudly being a Republican, for your time and your hard work.

We have a lot to do in the next 4 months.  Nothing is more important than retiring Chet Culver and sending an honest conservative to Terrace Hill.

115K Iowans out of work.  Projected $1 billion budget gap.  Decline in education, laying off teachers.

This is Culver’s legacy.  He has got to go.

Dems have had 4 years of unchecked control of this state.  Approved the biggest budget in Iowa’s history despite recession.

Culver’s legacy – He spent too much, taxed too much, borrowed too much, and he’s got to go.

He sings the praises of Iowas’ AAA bond rating as evidence of his fiscal management.  That’s like my husband telling me, our checkbook and savings are empty, but we’ve got $15,000 we can still spend on the credit card.

We can do better.  We deserve better.  I can’t wait to talk to Iowan’ about Branstad’s goals and about Iowa’s comeback.

TB made personal sacrifices to come back and help our state, which made my decision to be a part of his team easy.

Together, as Republicans, we can do anything.  Iowans are clamoring for leadership.

rural developoment initiatives, front lines with local govenrment to find new ways to deliver services at low cost to taxpayers of Iowa.

Our best days are ahead of us.  No debt we can’t get through.

10 years from now, with TB’s leadership, we will find ourselves in a better state with smaller, limited government.

Together, as Republicans, we will lead the way.  Thank you and God Bless.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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