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RPI Elections Fracture Scheffler, Krishna Relationship

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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For several years, Steve Scheffler and Gopal Krishna have been close allies on both the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee and the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. That alliance, it seems, has ended in bitter fashion.

Krishna plans to run for Republican Party of Iowa co-chairman this Saturday. In his letter to SCC members officially announcing his bid, Krishna figuratively threw Steve Scheffler under the bus. He pointed out episodes in the past where he disagreed with Scheffler, who serves as Iowa’s Republican National Committeeman and president of the IFFC. Krishna also said he would resign his position as IFFC’s vice-resident, if elected co-chair of RPI.

Gopal Krishna has served seven terms on the SCC. It’s odd that all of the sudden he thinks also serving with the IFFC is a conflict of interest. He never took that stance before. Scheffler declined to comment on the record about Krishna’s letter, but said the two did meet this week. That meeting apparently did not go well.

It is safe to say that Gopal Krishna will not have Steve Scheffler’s support for co-chair. For several years, Krishna is believed to have played dirty in SCC elections, with fake mailings and robocalls. Many of those who have seen beyond Krishna’s genial demeanor have found his true self somewhat unsettling.

Steve Scheffler has said publicly he believes the SCC should appoint only an interim chairman until the new SCC takes over in June. It appears that will not be the case. Current RPI Co-Chair Danny Carroll is likely to have enough votes to get elected chairman this Saturday. Ditto for Krishna. However, their tenures could be very short ones.

Gopal Krishna was the lone SCC member not to vote in the recent co-chairman election. He was out of the country, but could have submitted a proxy vote, as many others did. The election was 9-8, with Danny Carroll nipping Eric Rosenthal for the position.

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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

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