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September 13th, 2012
 

Iowa Elector Resigns After Media Uproar

An Iowa presidential elector has resigned after the Washington Post reported that she would not support Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, should he win the election this fall.

Melinda Wadsley, one of six Republican electors in the state, told the Associated Press that she may decide not to cast her vote for Romney should he carry Iowa in November. “They’ve never given Ron Paul a fair shot, and I’m disgusted with that. I’d like to show them how disgusted I am,” Wadsley was quoted saying.

Thursday evening, the Republican Party of Iowa sent out a press release with an update on the situation.  “I have accepted Melinda Wadlsey’s resignation this afternoon effective immediately,” said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker.  “The Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee will now begin the process of selecting a new Presidential Elector from the Fourth District.”

Wadsley’s statement angered many Republican activists around the state.  Shortly after noon (and before Wadsley’s resignation was announced), I sent the following letter to Iowa GOP Chairman Spiker, National Committeewoman Tamara Scott, and National Committeeman Steve Scheffler.

The Washington Post has published an article that says one of Iowa’s Republican Electors is considering voting for Ron Paul should Romney win this November.  As I’m sure you are all aware, getting to the necessary 270 electoral votes is difficult for any Republican candidate, but is especially so this year with the 12 battleground states.  Can someone explain to me how on earth someone like Melinda Wadsley was elected to be an elector when she refuses to support our nominee?

This behavior is getting really old.  This behavior also puts Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status at risk because it bolsters the arguments of those who would like to elect presidents by a national popular vote.  The national popular vote proposal is something that you rightfully oppose, yet the actions of a select few in our state may help create the environment where it comes to pass.

This is very similar to the rules fight at the Republican National Convention.  On one hand, Iowa Republicans do everything they can to defend Iowa’s preferred status, but on the other hand, they conduct themselves in a way that allows Iowa’s opponents to make rational arguments for changes to the nominating system.

If you truly care about maintaining Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status, you will remind Ms. Wadsley that the primary is over.  Like it or not, Mitt Romney is our nominee, and her role as an elector is to represent Iowa Republicans, not her own self-interest.

Wadsley’s quick resignation is a promising sign, but since Ron Paul supporters dominate the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee, the chance of selecting another anti-Romney elector still exists.  TheIowaRepublican.com will follow the selection process of Iowa’s new presidential elector.

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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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