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June 25th, 2010

The Only Party Vander Plaats Is Interested In Is His Own

As reported earlier this week, Bob Vander Plaats is expected to be nominated for lieutenant governor at today’s Republican state convention.

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 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 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.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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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