Thursday, October 05, 2006

McCain's Bakers Dozen

Thirteen Iowa Legislators were named as advisors to McCain's PAC, Straight Talk America, today.

According to the AP, "The lawmakers who have signed on with McCain run the philosophical gamut from moderate to sharply conservative and represent rural and urban legislative districts. " Rod Roberts (R-Carroll), who has been a pastor, is one of the strongest social conservatives in the legislature.

Others include Former 3rd District Congressional Candidate, State 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.

They join Sen. Chuck Larson who called the announcement ''the largest legislative commitment for any candidate.''

The Cooler's question for today is: Do Legislative endorsements really matter?

Chat amongst yourselves.

Update: Turns out it's just a regular persons dozen. Dave Heaton wanted off the list.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very impressive!

In response to your question, yes legislator endorsements matter but only for showing establishment. You are probably not going to get any real margin of difference in votes cast because of their endorsements.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Endorsements do not matter; especially in a Caucus or Primary. Just look at the Republican Primary last June in Iowa. The "establishment" candidates for both SOA and SOS lost big-time.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, 10:19. Right now, people aren't necessarily happy with government, whether it's state or federal.

It's the same way on the D side, too. Dusky Terry and Blouin both lost. For the Rs, it was Leonard and (to some extent) Dopf. Although Dopf didn't have the support like Leonard did.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sounds more to me like your preferred candidates will not be getting any endorsements and so you're rationalizing.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will matter in the caucuses. These legislators are going to be helpful in getting people to the caucuses in their district/region.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the "largest legislative commitment", eh Chuck?

I wonder how long that will be the case.

5:12 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Personally, I find the back and forth hiring frenzy between McCain and Romney entertaining. Pass the popcorn!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're fooling yourselves if you think endorsements matter. Do you really think a state legislator will drive people to caucus? Really? Not me.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find this endorsement thing kind of funny. After all, we are losing the house, we are losing the senate. We've been out of power now for several year and getting weaker, So...who cares?

10:08 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

How do you figure out of power? We have the White House, the US House, the Senate, the Iowa House, and half the Iowa Senate...

And we're going to win at least one chamber back this fall, plus the Governorship.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant the Iowa legislature is out of power. The statewides are out of power.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The D's are going to take over both houses of the Iowa legislature. We keep getting weaker in Iowa.

5:41 PM  

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