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January 16th, 2014

Monte Shaw Resigns from Republican State Central Committee – Intends to Run for Congress

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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In a letter to the Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, Third District State Central Committee member Monte Shaw resigned the position he was just recently elected to in order to run for Congress.  While Shaw has not formally announced his candidacy, he makes it clear in his letter to Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker, that he will indeed be a candidate for Congress.  The field of candidates is likely to include six or seven candidates.

January 16, 2014

AJ Spiker
Republican Party of Iowa
621 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA  50309

Dear Mr. Spiker:

When I ran in the special election to fill the open seat on the State Central Committee I had no idea Congressman Latham would chose to not seek re-election.  I was honored by the support of the 3rd District Executive Committee showed me and threw myself into the volunteer role.

At that time I made the same promise I did when successfully seeking two terms from the old 5th district – that if elected to a party office, I would remain strictly neutral in word and deed during primaries.

In the weeks that have passed since Congressman Latham’s announcement my wife, Tina, and I have been humbled by the people who have contacted us and suggested that I run for Congress.

We have both been committed to advancing the conservative agenda for America and being advocates for Iowa.

That commitment has driven my entire adult life, from managing campaigns for Jim Ross Lightfoot and Chuck Grassley, to serving as a national spokesperson for Steve Forbes and renewable fuels, working to protect the elderly on the Senate Select Committee on Aging and most recently eight years heading one of Iowa’s most important agricultural associations as well as volunteering for the Republican Party at the state and local levels.

Now we are presented with the question of how best to continue that commitment.

Tina and I have engaged in much prayer, consideration and somber reflection and have reached the conclusion that the best way to continue that twenty year commitment is for me to seek the Republican nomination to fill Tom Latham’s big shoes in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Therefore, in keeping with my pledge to remain neutral in primaries while on the Central Committee, today I am writing to tender my resignation as a member of the Committee effective immediately.

The open seat for Congress represents another opportunity to put my broad and unique experience to work for Iowa.  I look forward to the challenge and will be making a formal announcement with regards to that race in a couple of weeks.


Monte Shaw

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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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