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April 21st, 2011

Santorum Hires Lange Aide To Run Iowa Caucus Effort

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has tabbed Cody Brown to manage his Iowa Caucus campaign.  Lucas Draisey, a former Chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, is also joining the campaign as a field director.

Brown’s knowledge of the 1st Congressional District and the connections he made while managing Lange’s campaign will benefit Santorum in Iowa.  The 1st District has a large number of Catholics, who Santorum, a devout Catholic himself, should appeal too.

In 2008, Mitt Romney did very well in that part of the state.  With Romney’s unwillingness to campaign in Iowa, his supporters in Iowa are now up for grabs.  Romney also did very well with Catholic caucus goers as you can see in the following maps.

Iowa Caucus Results by County
Red = Romney
Blue = Huckabee

Distribution of Catholics in Iowa
Red equals the most Catholics

After you look at the two maps, Santorum’s hiring of Brown makes more sense.  Not only is he hiring someone who is just coming off a campaign that surprised a lot of people, but also he hired someone who can help him exploit his strengths in Iowa.

Below is the release:

Former Senator Rick Santorum announced today that Cody Brown, former campaign manager for Ben Lange’s congressional run (IA-1) will manage Senator Santorum’s testing the waters effort in Iowa.  Cody will be joined by Lucas Draisey, former Chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, who will serve in a field director role.

“I am thrilled to announce that Cody and Lucas are joining our team.  They’ve demonstrated a unique understanding of what it takes to have an effective grassroots effort, particularly in a state like Iowa where folks want to see and hear directly from potential candidates,” said Senator Santorum.  “Cody and Lucas will be a great compliment to our Iowa-based advisors Nick Ryan and Jill Latham, and I look forward to working closely with them in the weeks and months ahead.”

Cody Brown served as campaign manager for Ben Lange, candidate for Congress in Iowa’s first Congressional district in 2010.  Cody was instrumental in leading a first-time candidate to within 4,200 votes of defeating Rep. Bruce Braley, a two-term incumbent and Vice Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Cody also helped Lange win a competitive four-way primary by 30 points, the largest margin of victory in Iowa’s first district in recent history.  Most recently, Cody has worked on the Project on National Security Reform in Arlington, VA where he authored a book on the National Security Council system and partnered with the National Counterterrorism Center to produce a report on U.S. strategic operational planning for global counterterrorism.

Lucas Draisey, former chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans, works closely with State Senator Sandra Greiner in District 45.  Lucas interned for Greiner during her run for the State Senate and has most recently served as a clerk for Senator Greiner, where he researched proposed legislation and assisted with constituent outreach.

Cody and Lucas will join consultants Nick Ryan and Jill Latham of the Des Moines, IA-based Concordia Group LLC who have served as advisors to Senator Santorum for the past several months.

Nick Ryan served as a top political advisor for Congressman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa) from 1999-2006, and ran three successful congressional campaigns in Eastern Iowa.  Nick is also the founder of the American Future Fund, which was established as a multi-state issue advocacy group designed to effectively communicate conservative and free market ideals.

Jill Latham previously served as Iowa Political Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2008.  Jill has vast experience in government and politics, having worked on Capitol Hill and around the country, including President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. She also served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin from 2005 – 2006.

Senator Santorum has been to Iowa eleven times since late 2009 and will be returning again on Monday, April 25.

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About the Author

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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