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Friday, July 27, 2007

Cyclone Conservatives: Republican Leadership in the Iowa Senate

Excerpted from this post at Cyclone Conservatives

After yesterday's news that the Republican Leader of the Iowa Senate,
Mary Lundby of Marion, is planning to step down from leadership and
not seek re-election, this has most certainly stirred the Republican
pot of politics a little bit here in Iowa. That's good once in awhile
though. Several people asked me today what I thought about this and so
I thought maybe I would write a little post and then offer up an
endorsement of who I think would be a sufficient replacement for
Lundby. It is prudent to start by thanking Senator Lundby. While she
tends to be much more moderate than I, I think she did the best she
could as leader given the unfortunate electoral realities that the
Grand Ol' Party in the Iowa Senate has to contend with. I fondly
remember her standing up to Governor Vilsack at the end of the 2006
session when the budget was getting hammered out. Lundby leadership
kept it from getting too much further out of control. You can say what
you want about candidate recruitment and fundraising (both things that
leadership plays an important role in) but 2006 just was not the
Republican's year.

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