Tonight the Republican State Central Committee will meet in Des Moines. With the recent fireworks on the radio and an establishment vs. activist showdown at last week’s convention, everyone is expecting the fireworks to continue.
Be prepared to be disappointed.
I’m told the conservative leaning SCC has no intent to oust current RPI Chair Stew Iverson. Also remember that it was Scheffler and the ICA clan that voted Iverson into power. If it wasn’t for those ICA controlled votes Iverson wouldn’t be there. So if you are one that doesn’t like what’s going on at RPI or who the chairman is, they share some of the blame as well.
My friend, Leslie over at Flyover Country, brought up some grumblings about RPI Treasurer Gopal Krishna. All of the drama before, during, and after the convention centered around him. I think it is safe to say he is probably the instigator. Flyover makes the following point, “The Treasurer has the ability to either make things work smoothly, or he can gum up the process more than any other single figure in the party.”
They are absolutely spot on. I think the Committee as a whole is ready to move on, but that will be difficult if the Treasurer isn’t a team player. This is what people need to be on the look out for, and Mr. Krishna has a disruptive history with RPI. He was asked to leave in 2000 when he was the Co-Chair of the party.
While the focus last weekend was on Scheffler and the Committeeman and Committeewoman races, a trained eye saw the re-emergence of Gopal Krishna. It is he who can continue to cause problems within the party, not Scheffler, Lehman or other SCC members. And don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make a move to be the next chairman either.