So with that out of the way I want to assess the field of candidates and look at the other candidates weaknesses. I’m not doing this to tear these guys down, I’m doing it to because this is serious business and we need to be sure that the SCC gets the best person possible to fill this position. That means asking these candidates the tough questions.
In an effort of full disclosure I’m a long way from throwing my support behind any candidate. While many people want to know who it’s going to be sooner rather than later, these kinds of elections are very fluid. We could see new candidates emerge, or a candidate who has been written off could catch fire. As a reminder at this time in 2006 Ray Hoffmann wasn’t even an option, yet he won in a convincing manner when the vote was taken.
Before we look at the current fields weaknesses, I first want to say that all are good people who believe they can move the party forward. If you see them, thank them for wanting to make our party better.
Matt Randall: Randall is a current SCC member and Ames businessman.
Strengths: His passion to get young people more involved in the party, and his determination to see RPI run more like a business.
Weakness: Outside of Ames Randall is unknown and is a relative newcomer to Statewide Republican Politics.
Matt Strawn: Strawn is the Principal owner of the Iowa Barnstormers, former Iowa campaign Manager for John McCain, and former Chief of Staff for Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers.
Strengths: Strawn brings a young fresh face to RPI, his experience in DC makes him well versed in various issues and I’m told he has some experience in fundraising.
Weakness: While Strawn is a native Iowan, he just moved to the state a year and a half ago meaning he is basically unknown outside of a few circles.
Gopal Krishna: Krishna was forced to resign as Co-Chair of the Party early in 2000. He worked to undermine the leadership of the party in his quest to take over the reins himself. Recently it seems that Krishna has some trouble with the truth about his past involvement with the party.
Weakness: Plenty. Seriously, if the SCC wants to make the party irrelevant elect this guy.
Danny Carroll: Carroll is a former state legislator, and board member of the Iowa Family Policy Center.
Strengths: a long time legislator who understands the legislative process and various issues. He’s also well respected and mild mannered.
Weakness: his mild mannered soft spoken demeanor is perceived that he lacks the fire in the belly to lead our party out of our current darkness. Carroll has also lost his last two bids for his State House Seat.
Christopher Reed: Reed is a businessman for Marion who recently ran against Sen. Tom Harkin.
Strengths: was able to win a 3 way US Senate primary with limited resources.
Weakness: unable to raise significant money.
Andy Cable: Cable is a longtime GOP activist and chair from Hardin County.
Strengths: as a long time county activist he has an understanding of how the party should work.
Weakness: unknown to most people.
Paul Pate: Pate is a former State Senator, Secretary of State, Gubernatorial Candidate, and Mayor. He is a businessman from Cedar Rapids.
Strengths: has proven the ability to win local and state wide elections in the past and raised adequate money to support his campaigns.
Weakness: while Pate is still well known in Linn County, he hasn’t been visible or involved in statewide politics for almost a decade.
Ted Sporer: Sporer is an attorney from Des Moines, former SCC member, and chair of the Polk county GOP.
Strengths: as a party insider for years he understands the problems that the party faces.
Weakness: his actions don’t match his rhetoric.
I don’t know if the perfect person to chair the Republican Party exists. For me the ideal person has already been involved helping elect Republicans in Iowa. Is known by a number of people around the state, not just in Des Moines, has the ability to raise money for the party, can articulate the Republican message, and put in place a team of people who are interested in helping Republicans win rather than taking a paycheck and padding one’s resume.
Knowing that many of you have a horse in this race please share the strengths of your candidate. Lets keep this constructive.
Random thought on Blagojevich
I think the corruption case involving Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is going to be a messy one. There is no doubt in my mind that Blago will cut a deal and squeal. Does he chirp about Rezko and Ayers, is Rahm Emanuel involved? This is undoubtedly bad news for President Elect Obama as he is tarnished at the worst time in his post election honeymoon.
On another note it is widely known that “Candidate 5” is Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. While the Feds have said it wasn’t him who indicated a willingness to pay for a senate appointment, I wonder if this so called emissary is none other than Jessie Jackson Sr.
Cyclone Conservative is back on line.
Welcome back Don!