Iowa GOP Flow Chart
What’s missing? Connectivity. All the stakeholders in the Republican cause have retreated into their own world and none see their peers as allies much less teammates.
It isn’t productive to revisit history and debate the reasons why we have become such a dysfunctional family. To become successful we need to totally re-evaluate the structure of the Republican Party in Iowa so we are unified and carry a common message to the electorate.
As far as the message goes, I’ll defer to Krusty who nailed this topic in his post today.
How relevant have the chair and state central committee been the last few cycles? Umm… Not very. The new chair of the Republican Party of Iowa needs to be a leader, not a figure head or placeholder.
More importantly, the new chair needs to be 100 percent dedicated to making the Republican Party of Iowa relevant once again. That does NOT include semi-annual dinners nor relinquishing control to the presidential/gubernatorial candidate of the cycle.
The divide created by the very existence of the Legislative Majority Fund must be obliterated. If RPI is not cultivating, recruiting, shaping, and supporting candidates for offices up and down the ticket, why do they exist?
Ask a sitting member of the Iowa General Assembly what RPI has done for them and most will tell you they have relieved them of some cash and that’s about it. LMF has done all the heavy lifting followed closely by Iowans for Tax Relief.
As a result of the divide, neither RPI nor LMF have any desire to cooperate. Sure LMF staff may have offices at RPI HQ but that’s where the connection ends.
Having RPI, the Legislative Majority Fund, as well as candidates with their fundraising hand out, stretches the most generous of donors to the breaking point. Without a doubt uniting RPI and LMF will positively impact the landscape.
During the recently completed election cycle, RPI was MIA. Ask a county GOP chair and 90 of 99 will say they never saw, heard from, nor depended on RPI for anything. In some districts (not all), that silence extended to State Central Committee members as well. Counties didn’t get poll watching materials or field staff support or direction or acknowledgement other than Darrell Kearney pressuring all 99 to buy a table at the fall dinner.
What’s the solution? One idea is to make a sitting state legislator in a leadership position RPI chair. We need to find someone who served on their county central committee, worked at the grassroots, and believes in the core values of limited government, lower regulation, reducing taxes, protecting life, and elevating the traditional values we all share. As soon as the Senate Republican caucus has their elections, we take a hard look at the slate and roll.