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January 7th, 2013

Moran Resigns from SCC; Candidates Lining Up for Polk GOP Chair

One of the few reliable non-Ron Paul supporters on the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee has resigned. Fourth Congressional District representative Tim Moran announced his decision to leave the committee on Sunday, effective immediately. Moran was serving his second term on the committee. He also just completed a tenure as the Iowa GOP’s secretary.

Moran nominated Bill Schickel for RPI chairman during Saturday’s officer elections. Although Moran was displeased with the outcome of the chairman and co-chair races, the results were not the impetus for his departure from the committee. Moran and his family are relocating outside of Iowa’s 4th District and returning to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

“The timing worked out really well, personally and politically,” Moran said. “The opportunity to relocate is not one to pass up, while at the same time, we have an incoming administration at the State Party that has no interest in the “mechanics” of organization.”

Moran is referencing comments made by new RPI Co-Chair David Fischer on Saturday that “there’s too much focus on the mechanics” of winning elections. As someone who has been extensively involved in campaign work, Moran vehemently disagrees with Fischer.

“Mechanics and organization are the fundamental needs that candidates and campaigns require when working with a political organization,” Moran said. “It’s unfortunate the incoming administration is not going to put a high premium on basic campaign tools.”

Tim Moran’s political resume includes working on Bob Vander Plaats’ 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns, Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, Bill Northey’s 2010 Secretary of Agriculture campaign and serving as the political director for Congressman Steve King’s 2008 and 2010 campaigns. He said he plans to remain active in the Republican Party.

“It is good for the Party to remember who wins elections – the grassroots,” Moran wrote in an email to Republican activists and officials. “That is where I look to maximize my energy in the coming years.”

According to Iowa GOP bylaws, Moran’s replacement on the SCC will be decided by the Fourth District Executive Committee, which is comprised mainly of the GOP chairs and co-chairs from each county in the district.

Four Candidates Vying for Polk GOP Chairman

The state’s largest county party, the Polk GOP, is expected to elect a new chairman on January 22. Current Chair Kevin McLaughlin is not running for a second term. There are at least four candidates who plan on running or are strongly considering it.

Former Co-Chair Will Rogers has told activists that he is running for the position. Rogers was the Polk County GOP co-chair in 2009-10. He has an extensive political resume and is well regarded among a wide swath of conservative activists. Many activists credit Rogers and former Chairman John Bloom for turning the Polk County party around during their tenure.

Polk County GOP central committee member John Stokka is also running for chairman. Stokka was heavily involved in the party in 2012. He played a key role in organizing the county party’s successful golf outing and Stokka’s company redesigned the Polk GOP website at a discounted price. Stokka has the support of current Polk GOP Chairman Kevin McLaughlin.

Current Co-Chair Dave Funk says he is considering running for chairman. Funk made unsuccessful bids for Congress and Polk County supervisor in 2010. He was then elected in early 2011 as Polk GOP co-chair. Although they ran as a tandem, Funk and Kevin McLaughlin have butted heads often during their tenure and the feud has been on display during some county party meetings. Funk also ran for RPI chairman in 2012.

2012 Iowa Senate candidate David Edwards tells TheIowaRepublican he is also considering running for chairman. Edwards challenged longtime Democrat Senator Dick Dearden in November in District 16, which is overwhelmingly left-leaning. Edwards is generally well liked inside the county party and appreciated for his hard work as a candidate. If he runs, Edwards is likely to have the full backing of the Ron Paul wing of the Polk County GOP.

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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

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