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March 16th, 2014
 

Kevin’s Korner: Striking Spiker pt. 2, No Narcisse and Ballot Blunders

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

It didn’t take a genius to figure out A.J. Spiker’s tenure as Republican Party of Iowa chairman was just a temp job until Rand Paul’s presidential campaign ramped up. That’s why I predicted it two years ago …

I wonder if Rand has finally figured out A.J.’s last name, or if he still calls him “A.J. Striker” … Just like Ted Striker, A.J.  piloted RPI to disaster the past two year.. And no, I’m still not over Macho Grande

Spiker and his Big Liberty cohorts have built up so much ill will among Iowa Republicans that their involvement with Rand’s presidential campaign will hurt, not help, his bid, no matter how much data and inside information they take from their tenure at the helm of the state party …

Rand says Republicans have to agree to disagree on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. I guess that goes in line with proposing a Life at Conception bill and then saying there are thousands of exceptions to it.

Danny Carroll rpi

The Paulistinians are still licking their wounds from the whoopin’ they took last weekend at county conventions, so in a final act of retribution, they will install Danny Carroll as the new RPI chair on March 29. This impending disaster makes me long for the good ol’ days of Ray Hoffman’s tenure … Yes, it’s that bad …

The Paulistinians want to claim their upcoming removal from power is all about a Branstad takeover, while they are the only ones who stand on principles. The truth is they don’t practice what they preach. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds and they should try to sell their self-righteous b.s. elsewhere, because it simply is not true …

Of the four announced candidates for the new State Central Committee in the Fourth District, all have strong conservative credentials and only one voted for Terry Branstad in the 2010 primary. That’s Gary Nystrom. Cody Hoefert and Jamie Johnson were Rod Roberts supporters and Cerro Gordo GOP Chair Gabe Haugland backed Bob Vander Plaats

The difference is, unlike the Paulistinians and their pals currently on the SCC, these four gentlemen aren’t members of a cult who all think and vote alike. They are social and fiscal conservatives who understand the importance of electing Republicans and realize that is their role in party leadership.

Narcisse

For the second straight gubernatorial election, Jonathan Narcisse failed to qualify for the ballot as a Democrat. In 2010, he claimed he had enough signatures, but claimed at the last minute he would not turn them in and instead ran as an independent …

This time, Narcisse claims he turned in more than enough signatures overall, but failed to follow the simple directions of stating what office he was running for on some of his petitions. The secretary of state’s office made these rules very clear and simple to access on their website:

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Because Narcisse didn’t follow these simple rules, some of his petitions were rightly rejected. How someone who can’t follow simple directions thinks he deserves to be the state’s chief executive is unfathomable. Gubernatorial candidates need to garner a minimum amount of signatures in at least 10 counties. Narcisse only did this in eight counties …

Additionally, Paul “Buy My Book” Lunde failed to turn in the minimum amount of signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot as a candidate for U.S. Senate. Lunde demanded GOP county organizations get his petitions filled for him, instead of doing the work himself or hiring someone to do it … Despite what Mr. Lunde thinks, county central committees are not responsible for collecting signatures for you …

At the Polk County GOP convention during the lunch break, while other senate campaigns were asking attendees to sign their petitions, Paul Lunde was handing out his ridiculous 12 proposed constitutional amendments that have no chance of passing.

There will be a few interesting primaries for Iowa legislative seats this year. Jake Highfill, who shocked incumbent Erik Helland two years ago in HD 39, faces two primary challengers. Fortunately, Highfill has matured greatly since that election and applied himself very well as a public servant … Paulistinian Taylor Egly and high school teacher Jerry Kinder will challenge Highfill …

clel baudler

Big Liberty, despite all their bluster, once again failed to recruit a primary challenger for longtime House Rep. Clel Baudler in House District 20. SCC member Joel Kurtinitis made noise about running, but perhaps realized he would be decimated in a primary …

Republicans had a candidate lined up to challenge Rep. John Forbes (D-Urbandale) in HD 40, but she dropped out the night before county convention. Now, no one is declared for the winnable seat … Likewise, no one stepped forward to challenge Iowa’s new Abortion Queen, Beth Wessel-Kroeschell in Story County … Disappointing …

It’s a big difference from two years ago when House Republicans had a candidate for every seat … Of course, candidate recruitment is also a major part of the State Central Committee’s job (Article VI, 3b) and we know a large chunk of those members have another agenda. The only candidates they try to or can recruit are low level Paulistinians who have no chance of winning …

Tom Miller

The Republican Party of Iowa also failed to recruit anyone to challenge Attorney General Tom Miller and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald. We can still nominate someone at convention, but at this point, that would likely be a token challenge, at best … That’s another big change from four years ago when Brenna Findley and Dave Jamison gave Miller and Fitzgerald all they could handle …

Why is it Iowa Democrats have no problem recruiting their most electable people to run, but ours are content sitting on the sidelines or staying in safe seats?

As we told you first here on TIR, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was set to headline the Ringgold County GOP fundraiser next month. He backed out Friday morning via a text message. Brown is putting his presidential aspirations on hold and planning to run for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire … The Ringgold GOP will host a U.S. Senate candidate forum in lieu of Brown’s appearance.

Finally, congrats to the Big 12 Tournament Champion Iowa State Cyclones on their success over the weekend in Kansas City. Great effort by Fred Hoiberg’s club and good job by Clone fans turning the arena into Hilton South. Now, on to the NCAA tourney, a place the floundering Iowa Hawkeyes do not belong.

After the basketball game last night, we ordered the UFC 171 pay-per-view and watched an awesome main event between Bettendorf High product Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight title. Lawler, perhaps in homage to his Iowa roots, has acquired American Ethanol as one of his chief sponsors. Hmm… Is Bruce Rastetter now backing UFC fighters? … Unfortunately, Lawler came up just short against Hendricks in a great fight. There will likely be a rematch somewhere down the line, though.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


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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 TheIowaRepublican.com.




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