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 serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheIowaRepublican.com. Prior to founding Iowa's largest conservative news site, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. In that capacity, Robinson planned and organized the largest political event in 2007, the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa. Robinson also organized the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa, and was later dispatched to Nevada to help with the caucuses there. Robinson cut his teeth in Iowa politics during the 2000 caucus campaign of businessman Steve Forbes and has been involved with most major campaigns in the state since then. His extensive political background and rolodex give him a unique perspective from which to monitor the political pulse of Iowa.




blog comments powered by Disqus