Tomorrow morning (Monday) Bob Vander Plaats will announce his 2010 campaign for Governor on the Jan Michelson Show on WHO Radio. Vander Plaats will also appear on the Steve Deace show in the afternoon. I have also been told that two special guests will be joining Bob for his announcement. I think it’s safe to say that Mike Huckabee will be one of those guests. His 2010 campaign marks his third attempt for the office.
In 2002, Vander Plaats finished 3rd (31.6%) in a close primary race behind Doug Gross (35.8%) and Steve Sukup (32.3%). While that race was extremely tight with Gross just beating the 35% threshold, it’s also important to know that Gross assembled his campaign in January of 2002, while Vander Plaats and Sukup dueled it out between themselves for all of 2001.
In 2006 Vander Plaats was the main primary challenger to then Congressman Jim Nussle. Nussle commanded most of the spotlight in 2005 by assembling a strong campaign team and showing off his fundraising abilities. The May merger of the Vander Plaats and Nussle campaigns came as a surprise to many. While Vander Plaats campaign was running on fumes, Nussle apparently didn’t want to spend his war chest on defeating Vander Plaats so a deal was struck.
From my viewpoint the Nussle-Vander Plaats tickets never took off, it just simmered. The awkward merger never made sense to many, and it also didn’t help that 2006 turned out to be a horrible year from Republicans. Nussle-Vander Plaats lost to Culver 53.7% to 44%.
Many thought that have been the last of Vander Plaats, but signing on with Mike Huckabee’s Presidential Campaign was thought to be going nowhere proved to be a good move for Vander Plaats. As Huckabee surged in Iowa, Vander Plaats was by his side, which is why it’s a safe to sat you will probably hear from Huckabee tomorrow.
State Rep. Jodi Tymeson will serve as the Campaign Chair
Former State Auditor Dick Johnson will serve as the Campaign Co-Chair
Vander Plaats has a goal to raise $250k in the next 5 weeks.
Below is the intro to his the email his campaign has sent out:
Welcome to Team VP 2010!
Today is an exciting day! Perhaps you tuned in to the Jan Mickelson show on WHO Radio this morning, saw the news on television, read it in the newspaper, or heard it from a friend. Allow me to tell you personally. Today, we are excited to announce the formation of Team Vander Plaats 2010, a Candidate’s Committee for a run for governor. Iowa needs leadership and we need your help to take back Terrace Hill.