2016 Caucus

August 26th, 2015

Pastor Terry Amann throws his support behind Huckabee

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The Iowa Caucuses are a great equalizer when it comes to political influence. In gubernatorial and congressional campaigns, big money donors enjoy an enormous amount sway, but in Iowa’s presidential caucuses, money isn’t necessarily king – one’s sphere of influence is. This reality is what makes a few Iowa pastors sought after endorsements.

If you don’t know who he is, you might not notice the tall and slender Des Moines pastor who is on every presidential candidate’s most wanted list when it comes to endorsements. Pastor Terry Amann isn’t known for making provocative statements or seeking the limelight, but he is a respected member of the faith community in central Iowa and has a track record of helping political candidates he personally supports.

Steve Scheffler, Iowa’s Republican National Committeeman, described Amann as being “humble, fair minded, and having a servant’s heart.” Scheffler also added, “there is no hidden agenda” with Amann. In terms of his political activity, Scheffler praised him for studying the issues as much as he studies each of the candidates.

Bob Vander Plaats of The FAMiLY Leader described Amann as “authentic, passionate, and humble.” Vander Plaats also praised Amann for his, “bridled and focused strength.”

Back in January Amann told the Washington Post that he wasn’t ready to endorse a candidate despite being an early supporter of Mike Huckabee in 2008 and a late supporter of Rick Santorum in 2012. “I’m vetting every candidate,” Amann told the Washington Post after Congressman Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit back in late January. “This time, I’m going to start with a clean slate.”

In early May, Amann attended Huckabee’s Iowa campaign kickoff event at Living History Farms. He chatted with TheIowaRepublican.com after the event, and despite his history with Huckabee, he made it abundantly clear that he was going to do his due diligence before signing on with a candidate.

Four months later, Pastor Amann has made his decision. On Monday night, he told TheIowaRepublican.com that he was ready to back Governor Mike Huckabee.

“As we enter the 2016 Presidential race, it is clear that we have several excellent candidates, and they have come to us at a very critical juncture in our Nation’s history,” Amann said in a statement to TheIowaRepublican.com.

“Today, we are more than just a Nation adrift and off course, but we find that the very soul of America is under extreme duress. In order to set the ship back on course, we need someone who is more than a just political thinker, and who has only man-made political solutions. We need someone who genuinely fears God and loves people. I believe that person in this presidential race is Governor Mike Huckabee.”

“He [Huckabee] understands that behind the myriad of social and political challenges which are set before us, there are real people – people with hopes and dreams for a better life,” Amann added.

“I know Governor Mike Huckabee to be a humble person who leans upon God, seeks counsel, acts decisively, and sees what American can be and should be – leading in the 21st Century. Therefore, Governor Huckabee has my prayers and full support.”

Amann’s endorsement comes of the heels of the Huckabee campaign announcing that they already have over 70 county chairs in place across the state. Huckabee has devoted a lot of time and effort into rebuilding his Iowa grassroots organization. While other candidates seem to drop in for quick visits, Huckabee has systematically campaigned in every corner of the state. It’s not glitzy and doesn’t generate a lot of national headlines, but it’s the type of work that is required if you want to win the Iowa caucuses.

Getting the nod again from someone like Pastor Amann is significant for a candidate like Huckabee. In his successful 2008 caucus campaign, Huckabee didn’t have the type of competition he has today for the evangelical vote. While his main competitor for that voting bloc is Texas Senator Ted Cruz, candidates like Senator Rick Santorum and Governor Bobby Jindal are also out there competing for support.

Getting a respected leader like Pastor Amann to sign on early should be a boost for the Huckabee campaign.


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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