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September 22nd, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Worse than Spiker, King’s Sting and Hatching a Jack

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

So now A.J. Spiker wants us to believe that he wanted to hold the GOP state convention in June all along. Hmmm … If that’s true, then why did the RPI chairman insist on moving it to July in the first place? And why did he refuse to allow another vote on the issue when the vast majority of Iowa Republicans called for it? …

Even after discussing the issue with the secretary of state’s office, after they called him, Spiker still ignored their advice and refused to move the convention back to June, or allow another vote it. He also dispatched RPI’s attorney to build a case for moving it …

The leadership of RPI repeatedly thumbed its nose at the grassroots they claim to represent. And again, if they had consulted with Matt Schultz’s office first, this whole debacle never would have happened. It’s not just that secretary of state’s office wouldn’t reject a nominee selected at a June convention, they couldn’t. They have no legal grounds to do so …

It’s not any wonder why at least one county central committee, and a couple of State Central Committee members are calling for Spiker’s ouster. The Appanoose County GOP unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday, asking A.J. Spiker to step down as RPI chairman

“We, the Republican Party of Appanoose County, call for the resignation of the Republican Party of Iowa Chairman, AJ Spiker. Chairman Spiker has led, if not supported, the decisions within our state party that has caused division, disconnect with the local level, and failure to raise funds as well. Whether it has been attacking Republican elected officials, attacking the District Executive Committee’s or moving our State Convention back a month, he has divided and has hurt our party, along with our conservative efforts. We call for his resignation and ask for new, bold leadership for our state party and we demand that sanity is once again restored.”

Frankly, considering the makeup of this central committee, if Spiker were to step down, we could actually wind up with someone much worse as RPI chairman. Frightening

The return to a June date is expected to easily pass tomorrow evening. The conference call has been moved to 6pm and RPI has agreed to open its conference room so the media and interested parties can listen to the call …

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I found it interesting that the day after Appanoose GOP’s resolution, Spiker blasted out a fundraising email, claiming RPI “is already laying the groundwork for the 2014 Governor’s race” … I would love to know exactly what RPI has done to “lay the groundwork” for this race. I’m also betting this news would surprise the people who actually are laying the groundwork for the 2014 governor’s race …

Speaking of the governor’s race, great thanks to Jack Hatch for providing plenty of laughs during his campaign kickoff last week … And a new catchphrase! Henceforth, in honor of the Polk County politician, whenever an animal has a bowel movement in Iowa, you should refer to that as “Hatching a Jack”. Share with your friends …

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I’m not sure the Hatch campaign’s new motto is going to win over voters: “Vote for me: I have no ideas of my own.” … Yep. That’s exactly what Iowans are looking for in a leader …

Senator Grassley has already announced his intention to run for reelection in 2016. Grassley reasons that Iowa will not have much of a voice in the U.S. Senate with two junior senators representing the state. Seniority matters …

In case there’s any concern about the 80 year-old’s health, keep in mind that he ran 6 miles to celebrate that birthday last week. Grassley is still sharp as a tack and I’m glad he plans on running again …

For those of you scoring at home, or even if you’re alone, Sam Clovis has a 2-0 lead in county straw polls gauging the U.S. Senate primary. He won the Harrison County GOP poll on Thursday. These straw polls are basically meaningless, but they’re fun to talk about …

The liberals are in an uproar because Congressman Steve King claims illegal immigrants have killed thousands of Americans … Yes, heaven forbid we have elected officials that tell the truth …

King cites former INS agent Mike Cutler, who testified before Congress on the topic six years ago. Cutler heads an organization that estimates more than 2,100 murders are committed each year in the U.S. by illegal immigrants … Wouldn’t it be nice if the liberal media actually researched the topic before deciding to bash King?

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It only took a few hours before the long knives came out for Paul Pate. Shortly after TheIowaRepublican.com’s story on Pate published Wednesday, supporters of other First Congressional District candidates, and at least one already announced candidate, began publicly criticizing Pate … I still think Rod Blum has the edge in this race, at least for now, but Pate’s likely entry will make this a hard-fought primary.

Chuck Schumer is one of the most attention-seeking members of Congress. That alone is quite an accomplishment. So, it’s no surprise liberal loud mouth from New York is headlining the Dems’ Jefferson-Jackson Dinner … The announcement of Schumer’s visit was a disappointment for some Dems’ because the way the state party hyped it, some were led to believe Hillary Clinton would accept the gig. But really, Schumer or Clinton, what difference does it make?

The U.S. House Democrats who walked out and refused to listen to the testimony of the family members of the murdered Americans in Benghazi should be ashamed of themselves. Democrats across the spectrum have spit on the grazes of the Benghazi victims. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lied to their family members’ faces in claiming the Benghazi attack stemmed from some obscure video, when they knew damn well it did not … The Dems’ behavior in this entire sad episode is an absolute disgrace.

Ted Cruz TFL Summit

Ted Cruz’ prospects as a presidential contender could hinge on what goes down this week in Congress. Cruz has vowed to use “any procedural means necessary” to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution bill. That includes a filibuster. It will make for some fascinating political theatre if Cruz follows through …

Hopefully, he’ll quote more Shakespeare … Some Henry V, which Cruz used during Rand Paul’s anti-drone filibuster, would be apropos. “Once more unto the breach dear friends. Once more!” … Cruz will need something inspiring to fire up the GOP troops …

It looks like the cheapest Obamacare plans in Iowa will be around $200 a month. The most expensive will surpass $1,000 per month. The penalty for not buying Obamacare? $95 for the year … Translation: A ton of people are going to choose Door #3.

Finally, an uplifting moment to wrap up this week’s column. George W. Bush’s five-month old granddaughter Mila recently laughed for the first time. What caused this precious moment? The former president goofing around with her. Too cute:

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

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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