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December 19th, 2013

Robert Cramer Is Seriously Considering Congressional Run in Iowa’s 3rd District

One of Governor Terry Branstad’s picks for the Iowa Board of Regents, Robert Cramer, told earlier today that he’s seriously considering running for congress in the now open Third Congressional District.  Cramer, a Des Moines businessman and former President of the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, is a longtime Republican donor that has a unique set of connections that would make him a formidable candidate in the primary and general election.

CramerCramer is a Co-President of Cramer and Associates, a Des Moines-based bridge building company.  He is a 1990 Construction Engineering graduate of Iowa State University and has his professional license in Civil Engineering.  Cramer is responsible for the estimating, engineering, and management of the office.  Cramer is also on the Board of Directors of The FAMiLY Leader, perhaps the most prominent social conservative group in the state.

Cramer told that he is seriously considering running for the seat being vacated by Congressman Tom Latham.  “This is something that has been tugging at me for years,” Cramer said.  “I never thought this opportunity would present itself this year.  I understand that I have to make my decision quickly.”

Cramer would be formidable in the Republican primary for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, he will have the backing and support of Bob Vander Plaats and his organization.  That’s extremely valuable in a primary where hardcore conservatives often account for a large portion of the electorate.  Cramer also obviously has a strong connection with the Governor and many in the central Iowa business community.

While Democrats where successful in blocking his nomination to the Board of Regents because of his Christian values, Republicans and conservatives of all stripes rallied behind Cramer during the very public lynching.  While Democrats castigated him because his views on gay marriage have not “evolved” over the past decade like others, Cramer conducted himself with class and humility.

With less than five months until the Republican primary, Cramer knows that he must make his decision quickly.  He believes the strength of his candidacy is that he would appeal to all the factions within the Republican Party.  He also indicated that he is willing to invest his own money to get his campaign off the ground.

Cramer’s connections to both the Vander Plaats and Branstad networks make him an intriguing candidate.  He also has a good relationship with Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, who he went on a mission trip with last summer.  Those sorts of connections could be hard for the other candidates to top, especially knowing that he’s also willing to use some of his own money to launch his campaign.


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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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