Vander Plaats was a guest on Steve Deace’s radio show yesterday and said that there is a strong possibility that he will attend the convention. He also said that, if convention delegates felt compelled to nominate him for the position, he would have to consider it. Sources have told TheIowaRepublican.com that State Representative Dwayne Alons is likely to be the one who puts Vander Plaats’ name into nomination.
Some of Vander Plaats’ die-hard supporters are convinced that he would win the nomination if it came to a vote of the convention delegates, but not everyone who supported Vander Plaats in the June 8th primary can be expected to support this unprecedented move.
During his hour-long radio interview, Vander Plaats confirmed what sources told TheIowaRepublican.com about his meeting with Republican nominee Terry Branstad. The focus of Vander Plaats’ plan to unite Republicans was for Branstad to select Vander Plaats to be his running mate. Branstad rejected the notion, and since then, Vander Plaats has been mulling a third party run. At the same time, some of his supporters want to nominate him to be Branstad’s lieutenant governor.
Vander Plaats and Deace also vilified Rod Roberts for not dropping out of the Republican primary for governor because they didn’t really think that he was in it to win it. Their comments were interesting since both seemed open to the idea of Vander Plaats running as a third party candidate who would have almost no chance of winning in November.
The interview was Vander Plaats’ first since losing to Terry Branstad in the primary. As a former high school basketball coach, Vander Plaats likes to use a lot of coaching analogies. After listening to the interview, I’m wondering how many times Vander Plaats’ team lost by nine points and he demanded the game still go into over time? Making matters worse, Vander Plaats is demanding that his players be named to the All-Star team instead of members of the team that actually won.
Never in my life have I seen a candidate believe that he has some sort of mandate from the people after being defeated by over 23,000 votes. Garnering 40% of the vote in a primary doesn’t give any candidate a mandate, especially if you lost.
Vander Plaats’ actions and comments following his third primary defeat are ridiculous. There is room for Vander Plaats in the Republican Party, but the only team that he seems interested in promoting these days is his own.
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