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March 2nd, 2014

King and Ganske to Co-Chair Shaw’s Campaign for Congress

DES MOINES – Iowans for Shaw today announced it has landed the two biggest endorsements of the political season for the Third Congressional District race.  Longtime conservative grassroots activist Jon King and former Congressman Dr. Greg Ganske will serve as co-chairs of Monte Shaw’s campaign for Congress.

“I am excited and honored to have the support and guidance of these two outstanding Iowa Republicans,” said Shaw.  “They are well known and well respected in the Third District.  And more importantly, they are ready to help lead our effort to win the Republican nomination in June and to hold this seat for Republicans in the fall.  Together, we will take our vision of limited government, fiscal restraint, economic growth and preserving our liberties to all corners of the Republican Party and beyond.”

Jon King, brother of U.S. Rep. Steve King, is well known throughout the 3rd District as a long time conservative grassroots activist.  While Steve works in Congress and Jon works in the conservative trenches, they share a common vision of a limited federal government respectful of the Constitution and responsive to the people.

King stated:  “I’ve known Monte since he moved to Panora in 2005.  He jumped right in and went to work helping Republicans at the local level.  He had been in top jobs in Washington but chose to return to Iowa and wasn’t too big headed to get his hands dirty working the grassroots.  Given his 20-plus years of advocating for conservative candidates and causes at the local, state, and national level, I was proud to nominate him for the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee in 2008 and I am proud to support his campaign for Congress today.”

“Monte has proven beyond question that he is a commonsense conservative committed to our Republican principles.  At the same time, he’s shown the ability to bring folks with different views together to make progress.  I can trust Monte to fight for conservative principles in Congress, but also to be an effective advocate for Iowans.”

Ganske, a Harvard trained plastic surgeon, represented much of the current Third Congressional District from 1995 to 2003.  He continues to be active in Republican politics and is an expert on health care policy.

Ganske stated:  “I know the district well.  Not just any Republican can win this toss-up district in November.  Monte has proven he can unite Republicans and attract independents with his thoughtful approach to policy.  More importantly, if we’re ever going to end the debacle of Obamacare, we need leaders in Washington who can get things done.  There are plenty of folks in DC who rail against Obamacare.  We need leaders who can actually get the abysmal policy removed and replaced with real reform that will control costs while maximizing consumer choices.  There is a fiscal crisis looming if we don’t get the debt under control.  Monte understands that.”

Pottawattamie County activist and two-term Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee member Reid Houser stated:  “This is a significant development because every candidate wanted these endorsements.  It sends a powerful signal to activists and donors that Monte Shaw is the guy who can unite the party and win not just the nomination, but the general election as well.”

Previously Shaw had announced an all-star campaign team of longtime Iowa campaign strategists.  Shaw’s team of advisors includes John Maxwell who will serve as campaign strategist.  Maxwell has long ties to Grassley, advising the senator on each of his campaigns since his first race for Congress in 1974.  Victory Enterprises is his general and media consultant.  Led by the team of former state representative and Republican Party of Iowa Chairman, Steve Grubbs, and veteran campaign strategist Brian Dumas, Victory Enterprises is Iowa’s most tenured Republican consulting firm.  Integrated advertising and marketing firm, Strategic America, will serve as an advertising consultant for the campaign.  SA founder and CEO Mike Schreurs has advised every Grassley campaign since 1974.

Shaw is Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and a former member of the Republican Party of Iowa State Central Committee.  He has managed a number of Iowa political campaigns, including Grassley for U.S. Senate and Elizabeth Dole for President.  He also served as deputy national press secretary on the Steve Forbes presidential campaign in 2000 and as communications director for DC-based Renewable Fuels Association.  Shaw, who grew up on a farm in Shenandoah, currently resides in West Des Moines with his wife, Tina, and their two young children, Eden and Max.

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