Wednesday, January 10, 2007

State Chair Race in Brief

Since nobody else is talking about the state chair race we decided to chime in. As it stands right now it seems to be a two man race between Ray Hoffman and Bill Dix. Chuck Laudner's (Fmr King COS) foray into the race seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Bob Vander Plaats (Fmr Lt. Gov nominee) isn't gaining much traction outside of the Western part of the state. Bonny Hall, Boone Co. Chair, will get very few votes other than her own.

For months it has seemed as if Chairman Hoffman had the votes. But following a fireworks filled final state central committee meeting, the winds have begun to change. Now it seems to be a toss-up between Hoffman and Dix with a handful of inside folks telling us they think that Dix in fact has the votes.

The Presidential implications here are pretty minimal. Dix former campaign staff works with McCain, but most of his chief allies in the State Central Committee are unaffliated. Dix also has a close working relationship with Statehouse folks loyal to Christopher Rants who's endorsed Romney.

Hoffman on the otherhand doesn't have any Presidential leanings to speak of, unless he's been extremely successful at keeping them under the radar. So unless he plans to appoint a grossly one-sided ED, it would seem that they would be a neutral administration.

The vote comes on Saturday and we'll have the results for you here over the weekend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dix's former staff works for McCain and runs this blog...

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dix is also buddy-buddy with Larson, Nelson and Slifka; McCain staff/advisors.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody I talk to says Eric Branstad runs this blog...

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vander Plaats isn't running for Chair anymore.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoffman and Dix, what exciting candidates!


4:33 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

We should have noted the Nelson connection. Completely spaced out on that. He was Dix's consultant during the Congressional race.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Schlinger, she's as close to Dix as anyone, and with Romney leadership team.

Cooler, you guys must be drinking tonight.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Seriously, we forgot about Nicole as well. We completely FUBARed this post...

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't VanderPlaats going to jump into the IA senate race to challenge Harkin?

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Darla.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good analysis cooler, and you were right. I pray we've heard the name Vanderplutz for the last time.

12:23 PM  

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