US Senate

May 14th, 2014
 

Santorum Endorses Clovis, Blasts Ernst’s Record of Raising Taxes

The last time Rick Santorum was in Iowa, political reporters suspected that an endorsement in the Republican U.S. Senate contests was eminent. Santorum endorsed his longtime friend Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who is running for congress in Iowa’s third Congressional District on his trip to Iowa in back in March, but he refused to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis at the time. Clovis was an early and influential supporter of Santorum in the 2012 presidential race.

This morning Santorum got of the sidelines and officially backed Clovis in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, but in doing so called out “so-called conservative groups” in Washington, D.C. that are attempting to mislead Iowa conservatives by trying to anoint candidate. Santorum, who is eluding to State Senator Joni Ernst, goes on to say, “Simply put, a voting record that supports tax increases and not showing up for the job the people entrusted you to do are not conservative principles.”

Santorum’s endorsement is now the third endorsement Clovis has received this week by prominent social conservatives. Clovis was officially endorsed by talk radio host Steve Deace on Monday. On Tuesday, it was the FAMiLY Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats, and today it’s Santorum. Santorum’s decision to take a shot at Ernst in his endorsement is interesting considering that Clovis has not shown much aggression in the Republican primary.

Santorum’s 2012 national campaign manager, Michael Biundo, is consulting Clovis’ campaign. Chuck Laudner, a Santorum confidant, Iowa grassroots organizer, and conservative activists is serving as Clovis’ campaign manager.

Ernst has been under fire for missing votes in the Iowa Senate and has more recently begun to take some heat for voting to increase the gas tax and tax sales on the internet.

Below is the text of Santorum’s endorsement of Clovis.

Santorum Endorses True Conservative Clovis For U.S. Senate In Iowa
Blasts DC groups for meddling to confuse Iowa conservatives

VERONA, PA – Winner of the 2012 Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus, former U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum announced that Patriot Voices PAC has endorsed Sam Clovis for U.S. Senate in Iowa.

Rick Santorum said, “I am proud to endorse my friend Sam Clovis for the United States Senate. I had the pleasure of getting to know Sam during my run for president and was blessed by his support along the campaign trail. I know what is in his heart and Sam is a true, full-spectrum conservative who believes in the greatness of American exceptionalism and the founding principles in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.”

“I have watched this race develop and was not going to get involved, but I feel compelled to more publicly voice my support for Sam because so-called conservative groups in Washington, D.C. have tried to anoint a candidate. Unfortunately, these same groups either don’t know the real record, or they are trying to mislead Iowa conservatives about who is the best conservative in this race. Simply put, a voting record that supports tax increases and not showing up for the job the people entrusted you to do are not conservative principles.”

“I am fond of Iowa and have gotten to know many Iowans through the years. The one thing that all Iowans appreciate and expect from their politicians is the truth. And the truth is that Sam Clovis is a man of principle who will advance the cause of conservatism and be an outstanding U.S. Senator.”

Senator Santorum visited all of Iowa’s 99 counties and held 381 public events across the Hawkeye State on his way to winning the 2012 Iowa Caucus. It was his victory in the Iowa Caucus that propelled Senator Santorum on to 10 more primary and caucus victories as the conservative choice for President. Sam Clovis endorsed Senator Santorum’s campaign for President in the Fall of 2011.


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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