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December 9th, 2011
 

Secretary of State Matt Schultz Endorses Santorum

While everyone wonders whether or not Congressman Steve King and Bob Vander Plaats will endorse a presidential candidate before the caucuses, Iowa’s Secretary of State Matt Schultz has decided to back Rick Santorum.

“Senator Santorum is a strong advocate for faith, family, and freedom,” Schultz said in a statement. “He has a solid track record as a social and fiscal conservative from his time serving in the US Senate and House of Representatives. As a Republican from a blue state, he has the experience to win in tough elections. Senator Santorum shares my core conservative principles and I believe he should be the Republican candidate to take on President Obama. That is why I am supporting Rick Santorum,” he added.

In a caucus cycle where it seems that none of Iowa’s statewide elected officials want to endorse, Schultz is breaking the mold and may be the highest ranking Republican in Iowa to endorse a candidate.  While Schultz has only been on the job for less than a year, the good will he developed with GOP activists across the state during his campaign could help Santorum make some inroads.

Schultz’s endorsement is intriguing for a couple of reasons:

Being the Long Shot:  When Matt Schultz announced that he was running for Secretary of State, some establishment Republicans laughed, others gave him no shot at winning, and some even attempted to get a former Republican occupant of the office to run again.  Even though few believed that he could win the Republican primary let alone the general election, Schultz remained undaunted.

Schultz’s primary opponent, George Eichhorn was a former legislator who knew the ins and outs of the office.  While Eichhorn also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2008, he was far better known than both Schultz and a third candidate who ran in the primary.  If that wasn’t enough, Schultz’s main primary opponent was endorsed by a number of high profile Republicans.  Like Santorum, Schultz never stopped believing in his candidacy and relied on his grassroots network to carry him on Election Day.

Down ballot races like Secretary of State don’t garner much attention, but Santorum was one of Schultz’s biggest donors in 2010.  It looks like his early support of Schultz paid off in a big way.

Backed Romney in 2008:  Four years ago, Schultz was a big backer of Mitt Romney.  While his support of Romney back then wouldn’t have been considered to be a big deal, now that Schultz holds statewide elected office and is the first Mormon in Iowa to do so, it’s a big deal.

In the span of a week, Santorum has now landed the endorsement of one of the most prominent pastors in the state and followed it up with the endorsement of a statewide elected official.  The combination of the two shows that Santorum isn’t just making headway with staunch social conservatives. While Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann seem to be stuck in neutral, it’s Santorum who continues to show signs of life.

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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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