I’ll be the first to admit, the internal struggles within the Republican Party is frustrating, and something that I don’t enjoy writing about. So today we are going to address this topic in a different way, putting your money where your mouth is.
Yesterday, I received a press release noting that the Iowa House Republicans hold a slim lead in cash-on-hand over their Democrat opponents.
“During the reporting period, ending on July 14th, Republicans running for the Iowa House had $1,177,107 cash on hand compared to the Democrat candidates having banked $1,164,602. Republicans in leadership positions out raised the Democrat leaders by nearly two to one and reported twice as much cash on hand.
The candidates running under the Republican banner this year are the most qualified, aggressive, and effective campaigners that I’ve ever worked with,” said Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha. “They’re fundraising hard, knocking on doors, and doing all the things it takes to win their elections.”
This is a good sign. Despite the doom and gloom that keep hearing our Republican candidates have kept their heads down and kept working their tails off.
So here is today’s exercise in how we can all get along under the “Big Tent” of the Republican Party of Iowa. If you’re a social conservative its time to man/woman up and put your money where your mouth is. There are two rock solid social conservatives who have the opportunity to change what party controls the Iowa House. These are two candidates who will carry the water when it comes to the social issues.
The first is former State Rep. Danny Carroll who is sunning against Eric Palmer; the second is Jamie Johnson who is running against McKinley Bailey in HD 9.
Danny Carroll has $33,447.55 cash on hand for his campaign. Eric Palmer has $42,680.20. Put your money where your mouth is and help Danny reduce that gap by making a contribution to his campaign.
Jamie Johnson is a rock solid conservative, he has $17,797.28 cash on hand to McKinley Bailey’s $31,470.91, only a difference of around $13k. This is a seat that we Republican’s have held for years, and Jamie is working his tail off to win it back. Tell Jamie to keep up the good work my sending him a contribution to his campaign.
Folks, these are not presidential or congressional campaigns, any contribution you can make to their efforts will make a difference.
For our fiscally conservative friends who tell us they don’t want to support cultural warriors like Carroll and Johnson, I have a couple candidates for you to put your money where your mouth is. Now, I’m not saying these candidates are not socially conservative, but these are two candidates who are uniquely qualified to serve in the Iowa House based on their professional backgrounds.
The first is Dr. Stephen Richards from Algona who is running against Delores Mertz. Richards has $14,983.15 cash on hand to Mertz’ $28,049.29. Richards who is a physician and has a military background is a great candidate to run against Mertz. You can help Dr. Richards close the gap by sending a contribution to the following address:
Citizens for Richards
404 E. Kennedy Street
Algona, IA 50511
The second is Ross Paustian from Scott County who is running against Elesha Gayman. Paustian has and agricultural background compared to Gayman’s background of being a field staffer for Obama. Paustian has $24,588.27 cash on hand to Gayman’s $16,225.09. Sure he has the COH advantage, but I know 99.9% of you are bandwagon supporters so jump on and help seal the deal.
You know what to do, so go do it.
An Interesting Nugget
Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PAC here in Iowa, you know the one that made tons of contributions to our legislative candidates in 2004 and 2006, still has a pretty healthy Cash on Hand number with over $436,000.00 in the bank. It will be interesting to watch and see what he does with it. So VP nominee or not, Mitt is well positioned.