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September 20th, 2013

Sacking the Chairman – The Friday Roundup

It’s not a surprise that some Iowa Republicans are calling on Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker to resign.  Perhaps that best way to describe the Republican Party of Iowa under Spiker’s leadership is tone-deaf.  The party rarely works with others, actively fights with its county and district leaders, and doesn’t seem at all interested in doing the things that will help all Republicans win in November of 2016.

The recent calls on Spiker to resign are not going to force him out.  While the debacle he created over moving the 2014 state convention from June to July exposed just how out of touch he is with the party that he leads, he’s not at risk of losing his position since the current makeup of the State Central Committee is loaded with people who share or appreciate his political leanings and mindset.  Spiker will remain as chair until a new State Central Committee is elected next summer.

David Kochel, Mitt Romney’s Iowa advisor also called for Spiker to step down last week.  While I agree with the argument Kochel put forward on “The Insiders” with Dave Price on WHO TV 13 last Sunday, one can’t overlook the fact that Spiker is chairman in large part because the Romney campaign didn’t feel it was necessary to turn out their supporters to county, district, and state conventions.

Yes, Romney won the 2012 nomination, but there were ramifications for not organizing at the grassroots level.  Seeing almost all of Iowa’s delegates vote cast their votes for Ron Paul, the person who finished third in the caucuses, was the first such ramification.   The election of Spiker to another term is another.

I understand why people are upset with Spiker, but Kochel himself is also part of the problem.


Appanoose County GOP wants Spiker gone.

The Appanoose County Republican Central Committee passed a resolution on Thursday night calling for the resignation of Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker.  The motion passed unanimously.  I’m sure Spiker will blow it off, but it’s never a good thing when a county GOP group takes an action like this.  Spiker has lost the respect of the very people he is expected to lead.  Not a good sign.

Grassley @ 80

Happy Birthday to Senator Chuck Grassley, who turned 80 on Tuesday.  Grassley celebrated by running from his Arlington, Virginia, townhouse to his Senate office.  The six-mile jaunt sent a pretty loud message.  He might be another year older, but he sure hasn’t slowed down any.  Grassley’s work ethic is something all Iowans should be proud of.  It is also something that we should demand from those who are seeking to join him in the Senate.

Advice from Twitter

Jim Ross Lightfoot was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984 and served there for six terms.  Conforming to a promise to only serve twelve years in that office, he left his seat to run for the United States Senate against Democratic incumbent, Tom Harkin.  Harkin beat Lightfoot by just five points.  In 1998, Lightfoot was recruited to run for Governor, a race that he lost to Tom Vilsack despite being considered the frontrunner for most of the contest.

It’s always fun to check in on past political figures.  According to Facebook, it seems that Lightfoot may have drank a little too much tea before going to bed.

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After checking out Lightfoot’s Facebook page, I decided to check in on a couple of Democrats, and here is what I found.

Former Governor Chet Culver has not tweeted since August 10, 2012.

Former Congressman Leonard Boswell hasn’t tweeted since February 18th.

Yawn – Sen. Chuck Schumer to headline Iowa Democrat Fundraiser

On Wednesday night, Scott Brennan, the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, teased his followers on Twitter when he said that the party would be announcing their speaker for their fall Jefferson Jackson dinner.  Everyone immediately thought it was Hillary Clinton.  With Biden having just been in Iowa for the Harkin Steak Fry, a Clinton visit not only made sense, but also it would have also have gotten some tongues waging.

Well, Hillary Clinton isn’t coming to town.  New York Senator Chuck Schumer is.  What a let down.

President Obama would rather negotiate with Vladimir Putin than Republicans


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