Sunday, January 25, 2009

Vander Plaats Announces 2010 Campaign

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.


  1. BVP = ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ for excitement. We need fresh faces and new ideas.

  2. Dave Vaudt, please.

  3. As an old-time Republican who happens to be a born-again Christian, (and the two are not related nor does one automatically lead to the other) I hope we have an active and honest primary so I can support the candidate who appears strongest against BVP.

    A good state executive can be of any faith or of none, but I do not want a "Christian-Governor". A governor who happens to be Christian or even _a_ Christian is fine, but I expect him to keep his faith private. For that reasoning BVP will not get my vote under any circumstance and the Democratic candidate will.

  4. Sign me up Bob!!!!!

  5. Here goes Round 3....I imagine it will be much of the same.

  6. A Vander Plaats candidacy would reflect the Iowa Republican Party's lack of bench strength and would give Chet Culver a free pass in 2010. Democrats will be thankful.

  7. I wouldn’t say it is a free pass at all. Vander Plaats is probably just as strong a candidate as anyone would be against Culver. I read all of these stupid comments and I have yet to see anyone give me a valid reason for disliking Vander Plaats, nor has anyone ever told me why he would be a weak candidate against Culver. In fact, I remember 2 years ago when everyone said that Culver was going to give Nussle a free pass into the Governor’s mansion. We all saw how well that one worked out.

  8. $250k in five weeks doesn't seem to be a particularly ambitious goal when compared to a candidate that already has over $1 million. I wonder how much of it will come from the Wells family.

  9. Really? You are really bashing big single donors at this point? Perhaps you should take a loot at home much of the money we spent on legisative seats (on both sides) came from single big donors. Do the names Bruce Rastetter and Tim Gill ring any bells with you?

    If anything, the presence of a big donor who can help Vander Plaats jumpstart his campaign should be heartening for his creditability. After all,Bransted and Ray had Marvin Pomerantz.

  10. Now I have no problem with the Wells family. but Anon 7:20 you bash Rastetter in making your point, he is closer filling the Pomerantz void than the Wells family ever will.

  11. Who bashed Rastetter? I only said that Wells was filling the same role for Vander Plaats that Rastetter filled for Rants in the LMF last year. Explain how that is bashing anyone?

  12. Tymeson - that's a good pick-up for BVP.

    She's one of the better ones our party has in the House.

  13. Team BVP sent out an Email last night, wanting us to sign up for his campaign Email list. That's fine, it's always nice to hear the ideas and know what's going on in Iowa.

    I've tried several times now, the link is broken and I hope this isn't a precursor to his campaign?

  14. Im excited!
    With this coming out, this early, he is obviously trying to scare away serious Primary challengers, which I think he will do.
    It is an uphill climb. But it's better than losing an already sitting congressman, State Senator, Rep., etc, If someone is going to get beat, why not BVP?

  15. So, someone should go down to WHO and see if Bob is actually there. I wonder if this e-mail is a scam. Doesn't it seem to early to run for Gov. When is the primaries?--Next June? or this June?

  16. No scam - Bob is off and runnin'!

  17. Might I suggest that if you've ever read a Bible there is no such thing as a "born-again" Christian keeping their faith private.

    Kind of hard to do that whole Great Commission thing while keeping your faith private.

    Now back to your regulary scheduled anonymous attacks by those too gutless to use their real names.

  18. At least we know that Bob doesn't drink like our drunken governor. He won't embarrass us. Vote for Bob, not the Blob :).

  19. Bill Northey is considering a run. He's actually won an election recently, so I'd consider him a strong candidate.

    No offense to BVP, but we just let McCain do the Bob Dole lifetime achievement nomination thing and I'm not anxious to repeat it here in-state.

  20. Bob VanderPlaats is the only reason why Mike Huckabee won.

  21. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  22. What has BVP ever done besides run for office and lose? This is a serious question.

  23. VP is a fine person but I'll wait to see who else throws their hat in the ring. It's too early.

  24. Way too early. I thinks he's following the Steve Rathje rule of campaigning. Which is simply be the first to announce and call everybody else a Johnny-come-lately. So he has been running for 8+ years already.


    Here is his website - good start.

  26. I think that this will be the first time bVP will have a serious chance. With mike Huckabee campaigning for him, he could turn out a lot more people than expected. I too will wait for some more people to get in the race before I decide who to support, but i think BVp will definately surprise everybody this time around.

  27. Ok
    Just some facts!

    BVP Does drink and occasionally to much!

    250K what a joke!

    If he was serious he would have came out with at least 1 million!
    In 2006 he started with 350k, and for months now he has been bragging about coming out with a million. My bet is that he has some supporters, but cannot reach the million mark. he is managing expectations knowing he will raise 400-650k.

  28. He may win a primary but does not have the know how to win a general. Culver 59% BVP 41%

  29. I hope its a very exciting primary, I'd love to see Northey and Vaudt in this fight.

  30. Calling BS on anon 11:06... I've know Bob for many years. He does drink, but I have never, ever seen him do so to excess.

    Keeping the petty rumor mongering by former hacks and immature staffers out of this (or any) primary would do wonders for our Party.

  31. Russ from WintersetJanuary 26, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Jody Tymeson represents me in the legislature, and I'm perfectly satisfied with her performance. Hell, I'd even vote for her if she decides to run for a higher office. I've always found her to be available and to have well thought out positions on issues.

    What's going to be interesting is whether or not Steve Deace publicly denounces her as an apostate during this afternoon's appearance on WHO. After all, she DID support Romney last year. (I know this because she and I both spoke at the Madison County Republican caucus last January - me for Fred Thompson, and her for Romney.)

    Steve's position right now seems to be that any former Romney supporters taint their new campaigns until they loudly beg for his forgiveness for their "misguided" support for "Willard" Romney. Will he apply this same level of scrutiny to the coordinator for BVP's campaign? We'll find out this afternoon.

  32. Peace Through StrengthJanuary 26, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Big Grove Walker..

    Your post a while back bemoaned RPI's "lack of bench strength"..

    Rest assured, there's likely going to be anywhere from 3-6 people running for the GOP nomination for Governor..Northey's already expressed an interest, BVP declared today...and other names have been out there in the mix as well.

    Republicans are going to have a solid group of candidates to pick assured of that.

  33. Russ from WintersetJanuary 26, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    You know, for someone who respects her as a person & a politician, you would think that I would know that it's spelled JODI, not JODY.

    I blame Bush.

  34. So who were the "2 guests" wil Bob on WHO?

  35. Deace is to be ignored. He's a kook. He voted for Obama and since Obama became president, he's signed executive orders for taxpayer funding of abortions in other countries, gone totally soft on terrorists, changed his website to openly advocating homosexuality and other perversions, and is promoting this economic "stimulus" plan that will throw us into a depression.

    Tonight Obama has granted an interview to a Muslim TV network. This man is a radical leftist and to be feared and yet the great Deace voted for him. Go figure.

  36. Perversions on the presidential website? Oohh, what's the URL?

  37. Hey Krusty, you made the POLITICO.COM Page!!!

  38. Anonymous (Jan. 25, 10:49 p.m.) said he is a Christian and a Republican, but will vote for a Democrat governor because Bob Vander Plaats doesn't keep his faith private.

    There's an answer for that:

    "... Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in Heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in Heaven." -- Matt. 10:33

    Secondly, someone whose primary voting agenda is to find a candidate who hides away his Christian faith in a box and just takes it out at church has no convictions whatsoever. And no guts, I might add, by ranting with anonymous posts.

    Leaders' faith and worldviews form their convictions, which drive their decisions. In the battle of political ideologies, do we want a governor who follows the lead of our nation's Founding Fathers, with publicly stated biblical convictions applied to everyday life, or do we want someone who hides their faith, or lack thereof, and thus can easily flit from one "politically correct" wind of doctrine to the next?

    Bob Vander Plaats has proved his leadership skills throughout his life, and the Huckabee victory in Iowa was the crowning touch that brought those skills to widespread public light. He is by far the strongest candidate we will find, and is thoroughly equipped to be our governor.

  39. Bob is a decent guy, and although I didn't support him in the 06 primary, I don't have too terribly much against him.

    Here's what I wonder:

    Why doesn't he run for statehouse in Sioux City? There are a couple D's up there holding seats that we should be able to get our hands on.

    It would be a district where he would do well, his ability to raise (comparatively) a lot of dollars would be a definite asset, and he's very well-known and liked up there.

    Serve a couple terms in the statehouse, get some legislative experience, establish your credibility on a couple of key issues, and then run for governor, Bob.

    Also, I am a Christian, and I fail to understand why Bob is a good candidate for office simply because he is Christian. I travel in circles where I get to meet and hang out with a lot of "good Christians," very few of whom I would want to actually govern me in any civic capacity. Furthermore, there is an implicit sense that any so-called Christians who do NOT support Bob, are themselves ashamed of the Gospel/not actually Christian. This has to END.

  40. Does any of Bob's former campaign staff from his two previous runs even support him? I'd be very interested to know.

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