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January 27th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Adieu Commie Tommy, List of Contenders and Mahaska Mess

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Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

It came a month late, but Iowa Republicans received the best Christmas gift possible when Commie Tommy Harkin announced his retirement on Saturday. The ultra-liberal, ethically compromised, Bahamas resident has long ignored the best interests of Iowans … Regardless of who replaces Harkin, our state and our country are better off with him no longer in Congress

Commie Tommy’s retirement announcement surprised me. I fully expected we would have to pry the U.S. Senate seat from his cold dead hands. That seems to be the standard practice for how longtime Dem senators usually leave office … Now, for the first time since 1974, when Big Debt Chet’s dad replaced the retiring Harold Hughes, Iowa will have an open U.S. Senate seat … Iowans under 29 years old have been represented by Harkin and Chuck Grassley their entire lives. It’s past time for a change …

Already, there is huge speculation about who will run for the seat in 2014. On the Dem side, the golden child Bruce Braley is practically a shoo-in to run. He would be foolish to run against Governor Branstad, when his chances of claiming an open senate seat are much higher …

I imagine one of the Washington, D.C.-loving Vilsacks will also give strong consideration to running … I can’t wait for another “What are Iowa values/I’m not answering any questions” tour from Mrs. Vilsack

Big Debt Chet also wants back in the game. I fully support Chet Culver winning the Democrat nomination … Watching the man have worse flop sweat than Albert Brooks in “Broadcast News” during the 2010 gubernatorial debates was good, quality entertainment. Seeing him do it under the glare of the national spotlight would be ever better …

On the good guys’ side, the list of possible candidates is a long one. However, I believe Congressman Tom Latham is our best hope … I don’t know if he would want to risk his U.S. House seat for a unsure opportunity in a senate election, but Latham would be a strong statewide candidate …

Latham’s colleague Steve King might also consider running, but I think the good congressman would have trouble winning a statewide election …

Secretary of State Matt Schultz said in early December he’s not going to run against Tom Harkin. Schultz did not say he wouldn’t run for the seat if Harkin retired. Matt Schultz would be a strong candidate and tough to defeat in a GOP primary …

Former U.S. attorney and Hawkeye tight end Matt Whitaker tells TheIowaRepublican.com he is considering running. Whitaker is an intriguing candidate who might be able to put together a good campaign …

What the heck, let’s make it an All-Matt GOP primary and have Schultz, Whitaker and Matt Strawn run as well … I think Strawn could potentially to be a strong candidate, but his handling of the Iowa Caucus announcement would be an easy thing to use against him …

Every four years, Bob Vander Plaats’ name appears on the ballot, so why change now? I would imagine BVP is pondering a run … State Senator Brad Zaun has also expressed interest … Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is another candidate who is well-liked across the state, on both sides of the aisle … And there will be the obligatory Paulistinian-endorsed “liberty” candidate, who will surely be smarter than the rest of the field. Just ask him/her …

I don’t see Kim Reynolds running for the seat. She’s more likely to stay in her current role and help Governor Branstad win an unprecedented sixth term … Harkin’s retirement likely helps Branstad’s reelection hopes, because the strongest Dems are now more likely to eye the open senate seat …

Regardless of who runs, 2014 is going to a fascinating year in Iowa for political junkies. I’m sure we’ll also get plenty of 2016 presidential hopefuls visiting the Hawkeye State to help their party’s nominee … That’s right, Iowa activists. Your backsides will be kissed longer and more passionately than ever during the next few years.

It was a bad week all around for at least one Iowa Democrat. While the rest of her party was celebrating Obama’s inauguration and 40 years of baby killing, a woman was trapped inside the IDP headquarters bathroom for four hours on Monday … That’s somewhat akin to being condemned to the third circle of Hell.

Harkin’s decision to retire makes up for the disappointment of Leonard “Gollum” Boswell dropping his lawsuit against Ed Fallon. The theatrics in that courtroom would have been better than any TV drama …  Boswell was suing Fallon for defamation after the liberal activist publicly claimed a Boswell staffer offered him an $80,000 per year job in exchange for not running against Boswell in 2008

Fallon also claimed Boswell’s staffer said his boss was “so in love with power that he had become like Gollum with the ring.” … That was, until Tom Latham stole Gollum’s “precious” in November

The Iowa GOP’s Fourth District executive committee will elect a new State Central Committee member on February 12 in Ft. Dodge. The seat opened when Tim Moran resigned on January 6. Lyon County GOP Chairman Cody Hoefert and college student Jeremy Freeman are the only two known candidates so far. Hoefert has the support of Congressman King and many prominent activists across the district … The district executive committee, made up mostly 39 GOP county chairs and co-chairs, will vote on the candidates.

Current GOP SCC member Mark Doland is running into resistance from his own party in his bid for a spot on the Mahaska County Board of SupervisorsKen Rozenboom, who previously held the seat, is publicly backing Democrat Tom Rielly

Try to follow this: Rozenboom is now Doland’s and Rielly’s state senator … Rielly was the area’s state senator for two terms. Last year, Rozenboom announced he would challenge Rielly for that seat. Rielly later opted to retire from the state senate instead of running in 2012 …

The story gets even more interesting. Mark Doland was also going to run against Rielly for the state senate seat, but he withdrew and endorsedRozenboom, while also publicly expressing his interest in filling Rozenboom’s seat on the board of supervisors, if he won the senate race … Republican Rozenboom says Democrat Rielly is more qualified for the job than Republican Doland … The special election is this Tuesday. Visit our friends at OksyNews.org for the latest developments.

I thought Hillary Clinton was merely copying the deceptive tactics of her husband during last week’s congressional hearings. I was wrong … It turns out, during her table pounding, voice raising, feigned outrage, Hillary was simply channeling another noted master manipulator…The Great Cornholio!

It was a great week in college hoops in our state as Drake upset 17th ranked Creighton on Wednesday and Iowa State knocked off 11th ranked K-State on Saturday … It was not a very good Saturday for Cedar Rapids native Erik Koch. He was beaten to a bloody pulp by Ricardo Lamas during the UFC on FOX broadcast. Koch spilled more blood than the typical opponent of Abdullah the Butcher. Gory stuff …

Finally, I’m not usually one to boast, except on days that end with ‘y’, but you’ll note I correctly projected both NFL conference championship games last week … I’ve got a guaranteed, 100%, sure thing bet for today’s NFL Pro Bowl … It will suck. Don’t waste your time. Local Access Programming will be more interesting.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something, sometime in your life.

Photos by Dave Davidson


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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