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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

24-Hour Dorman: Rants for governor?

Excerpted from this post at 24-Hour Dorman

The first time I met state Rep. Christopher Rants was at a Perkins restaurant on Gordon Drive in Sioux City in 1997. I was the new Statehouse scribe at The Journal and he was in his third House term representing a chunk of Siouxland. He ordered pancakes. Just coffee for me. A few minutes into the interview, Rants told me matter-of-factly that he would eventually become speaker of the House. That sounded really brash at the time, considering that although Rants was well-regarded among majority Republicans, he was hardly a sure bet to run the place. But there was something about this smart, ambitious guy that made me think he might pull it off. Less than three years later he was House majority leader. By January 2003 he had the speaker's gavel in his hand.

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