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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Constitution Daily: If Northey runs what about Bob and Rants?

Excerpted from this post at Constitution Daily

With Bill Northey hiring political operatives Tim Moran and Marcus Branstad, speculation of Northey running for governor is at an all time high. Since none of us really know his true plans and can only speculate, I thought I'd take a look at what a Northey for Governor effort would mean for Bob Vander Plaats, Christopher Rants, and the invisible candidate of Doug Gross. ... Northey also has done an excellent job balancing the Sec. of Agriculture position with appealing to the conservative base. Since BVP has made it his mission to be the most conservative candidate in the race, Northey will have to answer the life and marriage questions with conviction, but since he is trusted by Republicans, he will only have to answer them once. Northey also has a leg up on BVP in many people's view because he's held elected office and has run his department well. Basically, he has experience and BVP does not. ... For Rants I'm afraid a Northey run would all but take him out of the race. I'm not saying he should drop out if Northey runs but I think he will find it hard to find his niche.

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