Monday, December 18, 2006

Cooler Exclusive- Laudner Leaves

The Cooler has learned from reliable sources that Congressman Steve King's former chief of staff and top advisor Chuck Laudner left Congressman King's staff this morning. Details regarding the reason for the departure are not yet clear.

What is known is that Mr. Laudner is actively seeking support in an attempt to become either the state Chairman or the executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa.

Laudner is widely considered to be one of the top remaining "free agents" in the state when in comes to 2008 campaigns. He has not made his intentions clear with regard to that race.

A source close to Rep. King said that the Congressman is not supporting or opposing Chuck's bid for State Chair/ED..

More as this develops.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no way Steve let Chuck go. If he left, he left on his own.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

We rephrased the post fan..

Its as of yey unclear the reasons for the departure.

Thanks for keeping us in check though.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Self important fella on his own now? hmmmm. King is too good for Chuck. Good riddance!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck is a good guy and will make a great chair or ED. He's always been in it for the cause. I'm sure King and Laudner will be working together in the future. Maybe a senate run or just rebuilding the party.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If all is happy for the future, why is Rep. King neither "supporting or opposing" any bids by Chuck? hmmmmm you really can't read between the lines? Public schools don't teach that , huh?

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If all is happy for the future, why is Rep. King neither "supporting or opposing" any bids by Chuck? hmmmmm you really can't read between the lines?"

You dumbass.

That said, I'd be interested to hear what lessons Laudner has drawn from the thumping we took. If the answer is pander harder to the fundamentalists at the expense of contract-with-america conservatives, then no thanks.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you REALLY think King wants to weigh in and either anoint or torpedo Laudner. Neither scenario would be good for him necessarily. Better to let Chuck rise or fall on his own merits.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cogressman King has not and will probably never endorse any Republican in a contested race within the party. Notice how he publicly refrained from expressing any support for candidates during the primary season (even though his brother was county chair for Nussle and Leonard). Steve King is simply going to do his job as best he can and not deal with the in-party contests.

12:22 PM  

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