Dave Funk, a former congressional candidate and the current co-chair of the Polk County Republican Party, told TheIowaRepublican.com earlier today that he will seek to fill the remainder of Matt Strawn’s term as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. Strawn resigned his position yesterday after he had taken considerable heat for mishandling the announcement of the final results from the January caucuses.
Funk will publically announce his intentions on the Simon Conway Show on WHO Radio.
It was widely known that Funk was interested in running for Polk County Supervisor, a position that he sought in the 2010 elections, but after redistricting he would have to move from his Runnells home if elected. Funk told TheIowaRepublican.com that he was not interested in relocating since he has two young children in grade school. Funk also indicated that he was approached to run for State Party Chair after the 2010 elections when it was unknown whether or not Strawn would seek another term. He said that the same people who encouraged him back then and have also reached out to him following Strawn’s resignation.
Funk said that his main objective would be to keep the Republican party of Iowa functioning at a high level. He also indicated that, if elected, he would seek a full term as Chairman in January. Funk, a retired Northwest Airlines Captain and Iowa Army National Guard pilot, has plenty of time to devote to the position. When asked whether he would maintain the current RPI staff, he indicated that he wasn’t familiar with them. He also added that he would need to see their work product before making any decision about whether or not to retain them.
The State Central Committee has not yet announced if they will elect a new chair at their February 11th meeting, or set the election for a later date. As always, there are a number of people interested in the position, but making matters more complicated is the fact that new committee members will be elected at the District Conventions later this spring. State party elections are also very difficult since only 17 people vote. While only nine votes are needed, getting firm commitments from members is often very difficult.
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Polk County Republican announces bid for State GOP Chair
RUNNELS – Polk County Republican activist Dave Funk announced this afternoon he wants to replace Matt Strawn as the Republican Party of Iowa state chairman. Strawn resigned his post Tuesday, effective Feb. 10.
Funk, a retired Northwest Airlines Captain and Iowa Army National Guard pilot, is heavily involved in county and state Republican politics as a volunteer and activist. He is seeking the State Chair post because he said he understands the importance of the 2012 elections.
“From the White House to the Courthouse, Republicans are embattled in an ideological conflict with President Barack Obama and his advancement of the progressive, socialism movement,” Funk said.
In an interview Wednesday on WHO radio’s Simon Conway Show, Funk announced his intentions to deliver a November defeat of President Barack Obama in Iowa by unifying all Republicans from the grassroots to the party loyalists.
“As State Chairman, I am reaching out to all Republicans to work toward making Barack Obama a one-term president, sending four Republicans to represent Iowa in Congress and giving Governor Terry Branstad two Republican majorities at the Iowa Statehouse,” Funk said.
Funk applauded Strawn’s efforts as chairman, and said he wants to build upon the solid foundation currently in place at the Republican Party of Iowa; expand GOP grassroots and fundraising efforts by getting all Republicans excited and involved; and defend and protect Iowa’s First in the Nation status.
“Volunteers, activists and county and state leaders have all played important roles in helping Iowa Republicans make significant gains in the 2010 election cycle,” Funk said. “We must continue to be vigilant and fight with that same unified enthusiasm to send a loud, clear message that the progressive, socialism movement ends November 6. I am asking Iowa Republicans for their support and GOP State Central Committee members for their vote in my bid to be the next Republican Party of Iowa State Chairman.”
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