Hawkeye Review: Back to the future for the Iowa GOP?
Excerpted from this post at Hawkeye Review
Is this an Iowa GOP version of the popular movie, "Back to the future?" ... It's no secret inside Republican circles that Governor Terry Branstad has been orchestrating a political comeback behind closed doors since mid summer when a poll commissioned by Doug Gross identified several metrics indicating the race was Brandstad's to lose were he to announce his candidacy. Brandstad publicly commented back in June of this year that he wasn't intending to run for political office: "I have people ask me about that every day, but that's not my focus. My focus is Des Moines University and what I can do there," Branstad said. Gross, who served as Brandstad's chief of staff, is attempting to play the role of Iowa "kingmaker" along with a consortium of GOP donors and activists. We're told via reliable sources that Gross had narrowed the field to 3 viable candidates and then conducted his poll to determine the relative strength and weakness of each before arriving at a final selection.