The AP reports (no link available) that thirteen Iowa legislators have signed on to support John McCain. The legislators represent a kaleidoscope of Republicans. There are legislators from across the ideological spectrum to include:Sen. Larry McKibben, R-Marshalltown; Sen. John Putney, R-Gladbrook; Sen. Pat Ward, R-West Des Moines; Sen. Mark Zieman, R-Postville; Rep. Rich Anderson, R-Clarinda; Rep. Dave Heaton, R-Mount Pleasant; Rep. Steve Lukan, R-New Vienna; Rep. Mike May, R-Spirit Lake; Rep. Bill Schickel, R-Mason City; Rep. Doug Struyk, R-Council Bluffs; Rep. Dave Tjepkes, R-Gowrie; and Rep. Walt Tomenga, R-Johnston.
Rod Roberts, a solid social conservative and a man who the folks at Straight Talk Iowa Style
know, has signed on to support McCain:''We greatly appreciate SenatorMcCain's support of our Republican candidates,'' said Rep. Rod Roberts, a Carroll Republican who is an assistant leader in the House. ''I look forward to continue working with SenatorMcCain to maintain control of the House of Representatives.''
McCain signaled his intention to fight the ground war hard in Iowa:''I am honored to have support of these fine legislators,'' McCain said. ''Their connection with the grassroots community in Iowa will make a big impact on efforts to elect Republicans in 2006.''
McCain had already signed up Sen. Chuck Larson Jr. of Cedar Rapids and veteran activist David Roederer. Roederer headed President Bush's re-election campaign in Iowa in 2004 and has managed campaigns for former Gov. Terry Branstad.
Signing up early supporters shows McCain is committed to campaigning in the state and assembling a grassroots organization.
This is a key part of the winning the early states. It sends a signal to voters and local activists that their local legislators, the ones that voters know best, support McCain. And while a good number of legislators alone will not win a caucus, it will help when organizing and recruiting local county chairmen and team leaders. Going into the home or office of a potential county chairman with a local legislator is a very effective recruiting technique.Update:
One Iowa legislator has decided to jump off the Straight Talk Express. Rep. Dave Heaton's name was inadvertantly placed on the press release:"I want to make it clear that I have made no choice as to which potential Republican presidential candidate I will be supporting in 2008. I did have the opportunity to meet with Senator McCain recently. I have a great deal of respect for the Senator, but I am not endorsing his candidacy at this time."
From Heaton press release.
Dave's name was mistakenly put on the list becuase of cut paste who knows... Some staffer at STA will have a sore butt on Monday.
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