Bleeding Heartland: Northey hires "high-profile staffers"
Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland
Over at The Iowa Republican, Craig Robinson reports that Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey "has recently employed Tim Moran and Marcus Branstad to work on his behalf." ... Robinson speculates that "Either Secretary Northey is about to run the most extensive and expensive Secretary of Agriculture re-election campaign in Iowa's history, or he is exploring a run for governor." Although I think Northey would be an underdog in both a Republican gubernatorial primary and a general election matchup with Chet Culver, hiring quality staff makes sense. He's got enough money in the bank to pay their salaries. He now knows no other candidate for governor can hire Moran and Branstad. They can work on building up Northey's name recognition and support around the state. If Culver's poll numbers continue to slip this year, Northey can jump in to the governor's race without having to spend time searching for key staffers.