Iowa Republican leaders wasted no time helping new State Auditor Mary Mosiman get her 2014 campaign off to a strong start. Mosiman was appointed by Governor Branstad to replace the departing David Vaudt last month. Upon assuming office, Mosiman immediately announced her intentions to run for the state auditor’s position next year.
GOP activists, officials and politicos were among the 75 supporters who attended a fundraiser for Mosiman Thursday evening at Republican Party of Iowa headquarters. The event was headlined by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.
“Mary is so respected by her colleagues in local government all across the state of Iowa, so she is starting out with a phenomenal network of individuals that know her, trust her and absolutely understand what this woman is capable of,” Reynolds told the crowd. “She is a CPA, she’s talented, she’s energetic, and she is going to do a phenomenal job of representing the state auditor’s office.”
Governor Branstad also heaped great praise on Mosiman, and former auditor David Vaudt, who resigned to become the chairman of the Government Accounting Standards Board. When looking for Vaudt’s replacement, Branstad wanted someone who held similar professional credentials.
“I thought we needed to have another CPA and we needed somebody that would be a watchdog for the treasury,” Branstad said. “But I also wanted a Republican and somebody that would run for the office. With Mary Mosiman we found somebody that was a CPA and the right philosophy for the taxpayers and to point out what needs to be done to keep Iowa on a sound fiscal basis.”
Branstad also found someone who had successfully been elected three times in left-leaning Story County. Branstad noted that is not an easy task. Story is one of only nine counties that he failed to carry in the 2010 gubernatorial election. The addition of Mosiman to the statewide GOP ticket could help Branstad and other Republicans on the ballot there next year.
“I’ve known Mary Mosiman for over a decade and she was a delight to work with in Story County as our Story County auditor,” said RPI Chairman A.J. Spiker, who used to chair the Story County GOP. “There’s really nobody in the state of Iowa that I can think of that would have been better for the governor to appoint to this position. I don’t know anybody who’s a better worker or harder campaigner so I know Mary is going to be a great addition to the ticket in 2014.”
Mary Mosiman sounded very much like a candidate ready to put in the hard work necessary to hold on to the auditor’s office in the 2014 elections.
“Every government entity uses taxpayer dollars to provide their government services, and to be part of the quality control that surrounds those public services, that matters and that’s why I really enjoy being there,” Mosiman said. “I am so excited to be there as you auditor of state and yes, as the lieutenant governor has said, I want to be elected to that position.”
Governor Branstad handed Mosiman a $250 check for her campaign coffers. He and Lt. Governor Reynolds encouraged all the attendees to support the auditor’s campaign financially and organizationally. Activists from the Des Moines area, Story County, Guthrie County and even Harrison County were among the attendees. U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker was also on hand. The suggested donation at the door was $35.
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