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May 27th, 2012
 

Kevin’s Korner: RPI Makeover, RNC Candidates, and Primary Prizefights

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I hope you’re enjoying a great weekend with your loved ones. But please remember what this weekend is all about. Honor those brave soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms.

Breaking News: The Republican Party of Iowa is undergoing major changes that have gone previously unreported. TIR’s crack, investigative team unearthed this exclusive story: Along with apparently plagiarizing the preamble to our new platform from the Libertarian Party, RPI henceforth shall be known as RPPI (Ron Paul Party of Iowa). They are also adopting a new logo and mascot, to fit in with Ron Paul’s foreign policy views. Behold:

The Paulistinians didn’t get their way in the Oklahoma state convention, so now they’re threatening to sue. After the convention adjourned, the Ronulans held their own outdoor convention and elected a slate of fellow Paulbots to the national convention … I think the Paulinistas have a legitimate gripe here. I mean, the guy got 9.6% of the Oklahoma primary vote, finishing in fourth place, only 18 points behind the third place finisher. Paul should have all their national delegates … Why does the Oklahoma GOP hate liberty?

Unfortunately for the Paulistinians, Dr. Paul is headed for another crushing defeat in a GOP primary. This time, it will be in his home state of Texas on Tuesday. Paul failed to capture a single delegate in the Arkansas and Kentucky primaries last week, and the Bilderbergers are prepared to give the nomination to Mitt Romney

Texas will award most of its 155 delegates to Romney and he will then be very close to reaching the required 1,144 bound delegates to secure the nomination … It doesn’t matter that Ron Paul hasn’t won a single state. He’s the only one who can defeat Obama. This I know, because my cult leader tells me so … “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

Kim Lehman’s tenure as our Republican National Committeewoman has been…an adventure. She sandbagged the 2nd District GOP nominee for Congress three weeks before Election Day in 2008. She endorsed a presidential candidate months before the Iowa Caucus, in violation of the RPI Platform. She nominated, and likely voted for, A.J. Spiker over the imminently more qualified Bill Schickel for RPI Chairman. She also made national news more than once in stories that did not reflect well on Iowa. …

On the positive side, Lehman publicly smacked down Danny Carroll for his refusal to support Terry Branstad. She helped end the Paulistianian nonsense by explaining the law to the convention crashers in Polk County. And the third, er, uh … oops … Lehman announced last week that she will not seek a second term … We could do better than Kim Lehman, but I fear we will wind up with someone much worse …

Montgomery County GOP Chair Margaret Stoldorf is the first to publicly announce she will run for National Committeewoman … Stoldorf is the only non-Ronulan chosen to the at-large national delegate slate other than Governor Branstad and Senator Grassley. She’s not even sure how she made it onto the list. Stoldorf was a Santorum supporter …

Rumors are rampant that state rep Kim Pearson also plans to run … Pearson told me on Wednesday that she would not run against Kim Lehman. She has not responded to my questions since Lehman’s announcement. That tells me Pearson is at least strongly considering it  …

Kim Pearson is one of the most divisive figures in Iowa politics. It seems like every public speech or interview she gives includes a dig at members of her own party. Usually, that’s not the kind of person you want representing the entire party on a national level … But Pearson will have plenty of support from her fellow Ron Paul backers if she decides to run … They’ve already got the majority on the State Central Committee, even though only 1/5 of Iowa Republicans support Ron Paul. How much can one more hurt?

National Committeeman Steve Scheffler is likely worried about his reelection hopes after two strong challengers emerged this week. Robert Kramer and David Chung join Judd Saul on the candidate list and are both formidable opponents … That might explain why Scheffler was wearing a Romney lapel sticker at Thursday’s Polk GOP fundraiser. He has been very vocal about his disdain for the former Massachusetts governor in the past … Scheffler was also a little hasty in sending out a mailer listing his prominent supporters. Methinks at least a few of them will flee to another candidate …

We’re just over a week away form the June 5 primaries and I’m ready to get them over with. It’s getting nasty. The mud is slinging in the Mullen-Ward SD 22 showdown … From what I can tell, Jeff Mullen is winning the air war, Pat Ward is winning the sign war, and I have no idea who is winning the ground war. Whoever does that will win the primary …

On the surface, everything seems friendly in the Grassley-Sweeney HD 50 race. But it’s not. Senator Chuck Grassley apparently worked to get a negative ad about his grandson taken off the air. He sent this tweet Friday evening: “Glad 2 c Ia radio stations recognizeTRUTH by pulling attack ads full of lies agst Pat Grassley Now I can turn my radio back on” … I’m not sure what ad he is referring to …

I was surprised to see House Speaker Kraig Paulsen get involved in one of the primaries. Paulsen is backing Rep. Tom Shaw over challenger Maison Bleam. I do know that Shaw likes Paulsen, despite causing him the occasional headache. He spoke highly of the Speaker a couple months ago when I was chatting with him at the fetal anomaly abortions Iowa taxpayers are still funding…

I wish some of Shaw’s vociferous “Christian” backers would knock off their very un-Christian-like attacks on Bleam. He’s a good, young Republican with a bright future in our party … Win or lose next Tuesday, we should be encouraging Maison Bleam and young Republicans like him.

The city of Des Moines is giving us a prime example of government stupidity. The Capitol City illegally charged its residents a franchise fee. The city was sued. It lost and was ordered to repay $40 million. To cover the cost, the Legislature, for some ridiculous reason, voted to allow Des Moines to raise fees on residents. Again … Wisely, Governor Branstad vetoed this nonsense.

Our old pal Thad McCotter might lose his congressional seat in Michigan thanks to errors made with his nominating petitions … McCotter’s dry humor and guitar playing skills helped him win over at least 35 Iowans during his brief presidential run last year … Duplicate signatures were among the problems with his petitions. There’s a good chance McCotter won’t qualify for the GOP primary. He’s a smart guy and good congressman. I would be a shame to lose him.

Finally, I made an error here on the Korner last week … I know, I know. Shocker … Congressman Tom Latham’s fundraiser with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is Tuesday, not last Friday as I originally wrote … Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit taking amphetamines …

That’s it for this week. Enjoy the holiday. Thank a soldier for his/her service.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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