Skip to comments.Iowa: Pro-Perry Group Plans Straw Poll Write-in Push
Posted on 08/03/2011 12:46:53 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Rick Perrys name will not appear on the Ames Straw Poll ballot, he will not be there, and the Republican Party of Iowa will not allow a pro-Perry PAC to purchase space at the event. However, all those obstacles are not preventing Americans for Rick Perry from attempting to influence the Straw Poll.
Since they will not be allowed a lot at Iowa State University, Perry supporters will set up shop in a Holiday Inn conference center, less than a mile away. They are offering free t-shirts and other inexpensive swag to people who drop by the hotel. According to sources, they will also offer free Straw Poll tickets to Rick Perry supporters.
Craig Schoenfeld, the Iowa executive director of Americans for Rick Perry, said the group has not purchased any tickets yet, but that could change within the next week or so. He also downplayed their efforts for the Ames Straw Poll. Theres no goal, theres no buses, theres no candidate or campaign, Schoenfeld told TheIowaRepublican.com. The straw poll is a candidate driven event. Thats historical. We have no candidate.
Schoenfeld added that having 50-60 people at the Straw Poll in Rick Perry t-shirts, out there talking to other activists, thats a way to build on grassroots support. However, the pro-Perry groups seem to be investing a lot of time and effort for just 50-60 votes. GrowPAC, another pro-Perry 527 group, purchased time on Des Moines and Ames radio stations with ads that encourage Iowans to write-in Rick Perrys name on the Straw Poll ballot.
One of the pro-Perry groups conducted automated phone calls to Iowa Republicans in the past few days. The calls ask which candidate you favor. Perrys is the first name on the list. If you select him, you are then asked if you would be interested in supporting Rick Perry at the Ames Straw Poll. If you say yes, the system responds that someone would be in touch with you in the next few days.
An email blast was also sent out by Americans for Rick Perry executive director Jeff LaCourse. The text includes a request to Join us at the Republican Party of Iowas Presidential Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, August 13. Readers are then directed to two email addresses and a phone number to call for more information.
Another 527 group, called Jobs for Iowa, produced a 30 second TV ad that is airing in Iowa. It does not mention the Straw Poll, but is a very professionally done commercial that promotes Perrys record on creating jobs. The pro-Perry forces are sensing a groundswell of support for the Texas Governor.
The bottom line is weve come across enough folks in the last few weeks that have expressed an interest in having another voice in this race, Schoenfeld said. If there wasnt that feeling for another voice, you wouldnt see that type of activity. We wouldnt be here doing what were doing.
Write-ins have never been allowed on the Ames Straw Poll ballot before and there has never been a concerted effort to mobilize for an undeclared candidate. Fred Thompson was garnering a lot of grassroots excitement in the summer of 2007, but did not declare his official candidacy until three weeks after the event. He only picked up 203 votes. That was mainly because the Thompson team put no effort into the Straw Poll.
A week and a half ago, when it was announced that Perry and Sarah Palin would not be allowed on the ballot, the Americans for Rick Perry group said they preferred to be excluded. They felt Perry would be at a distinct disadvantage because he was not allowed a lot on the Straw Poll grounds and there was not enough time to organize a strong effort. Obviously, there was a strategic change in the past few days.
A top three finish would provide Rick Perrys likely candidacy an enormous boost, but it is virtually impossible to pull that off at this late date. Americans for Rick Perry claim there is no goal for their efforts, but it makes one wonder what they really hope to accomplish by recruiting supporters to attend the event. If Perry places above any of the six declared candidates who also bought space at the Ames Straw Poll, a devastating blow would be dealt to those other campaigns. However, it is difficult to say how much that result helps Rick Perry.
I would fully support if those two agencies were to be mothballed. He would probably do that too...if possible. On the other side he is a ruling-class candidate which means no action on internal enforcement as he has demonstrated in Texas. ZERO ACTION ZERO PASSION on the issue.
Rick Perry: Al Gore's gone to Hell
Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming.
On September 7, 2007 [wide ranging speech] Perry gave a speech to California Republicans
..............."Here again we see how little faith the Left has in the people. Its as if the mere mention of God is so compelling that it might influence their atheist friends to start believing in something besides themselves. But whatever happened to reasoned discourse to children in schools being exposed to different cultures and different faith traditions?
If they are so proud of their secular humanist worldview, why wont they allow the simple-minded views of the uneducated masses to be lined up next to their philosophy of self and all its wisdom and just let the people decide?
And since when did the field of science become the sole purview of left-wing politicians? I dont know about you, but Ive heard Al Gore talk about man-made global warming so much that Im starting to think that his mouth is the leading source of all that supposedly deadly carbon dioxide.
"Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won't read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story."
"The terrorist element in the Middle East hates our way of life. And even with the battle raging in Iraq and Afghanistan, we cannot turn a blind eye to the regime in Iran that would obliterate the only democracy in the Middle East if they had a chance. And its no big secret that Iranian arms and know-how are finding their way across the border into Iraq, threatening the lives of our allies and, more importantly, our own fighting men and women."..............
Perry has put another conservative lead on TX Education board. The Left hates her (blocked similar appointment before her but Perry just put in someone how held the same views).
Perry has added an online TX school -- just announced today -- part of a Western Governors education initiative.
Perry has been pushing to get books online.
Perry has been pushing 7 Solutions here and Rick Scott has picked it up for review in FL and I'm sure others are looking at it too.
[Rick] Scott Promotes Controversial Education Reforms [Rick Perry has championed] Gov. Rick Scott has begun discreetly promoting the same changes to the higher education system that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has championed. The proposals include some of the same reforms pushed by conservatives in K-12 schools: merit pay for professors, tenure reform, and generally a much greater emphasis on measurement of whether professors are turning out students that meet certain goals.
The attempt in Texas has caused something of an identity crisis in that states higher education community, with opponents saying what needs to be reformed is Perrys control over university policies.
Scott told the News Service of Florida on Tuesday that he has discussed the Texas reforms with his appointees to university and college governing boards in an effort to line up support for a nascent campaign to dramatically change how universities and colleges are funded, overhaul professor tenure, emphasize teaching over research, and give students more influence.
An admirer of Texas, Scott has developed a friendly relationship with Perry, who is flirting with the idea of seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2012. Texas is regularly praised for its business-friendly climate and has weathered the economic recession better than most states .
[Texas Education Agency] TEA to lay off 178 workers [Thousands of pink slips for state workers] [great Freeper discussion about education]
Gov. Perry: Veterans Experiences, Skills are Valuable to Our Workforce --"The knowledge and skills our veterans bring back from service are an important, and all too often untapped, resource for our communities," Gov. Perry said.
"While we can never fully thank them for their service to our nation, I'm proud to sign this important bill, which helps veterans and military service members transition to civilian life by applying their skills and experience to help them graduate more quickly and save money on tuition."
This is all irrelevant if the entire state of Texas transforms into the political culture of Mexico. Perry & Ruling-Class are setting us up...riding the wave in the last years of the USA as we know...ZERO long-term thinking profits and soundbites in the here and now. Do you have kids?
Perry is a candidate? When did he announce? I've posted Perry's record. No slam. The question is why you time and again post here about Perry? Someone who is not running. Most times I come here any you have at least one post on the page. Many times it is the same stuff over and over. Sometimes at all hours as if you are more than one person. So I post back. That is what the site is for.
Who is your choice?
Have not decided. Maybe it will be Perry. I have held my nose and voted for the RINO before.
Nice words. Where can I find a news story about that?
SARA...understanding the concept of Rule of Law:
The DREAM Act, well see, the immigrants of the past, they had to literally and figuratively stand in line to become U.S. citizens, said Palin. I’d like to see that continue, and unfortunately the DREAM Act kind of usurps that, the system.”
Thank you for praising my early to bed, early to rise work ethic -- and I am just one person but I do multi-task well.
As for coming around, why bother if I'm just posting the same stuff over and over? Unless it is precisely to knock a "potential" GOP candidate?
If you don't know a candidate you like, why don't you put yourself out there and we'll all take a good look at you and your life, and pick apart everything you've ever done using minimal information, but what the hey -- that seems to be what everyone does.
Palin was talking about the Congressional Dream Act not the 1991 Texas Dream Act that passed the Texas Senate unanimously — not the goody bag that was being pushed by the Democrats on the Hill.
Sarah Palin was not the governor of a border state. It’s easy to pass judgment when it isn’t you dealing with these issues.
Perry gave away what was not his to give.....Globalists Ruling-class Agenda.
SARA demonstrates a concept of the Rule of Law...PERRY HAS NOT.
Sorry to confuse you with facts you have no interest in processing.
Absolutely, Palin was responding no doubt to the DREAM ACT scheme in DC. I am pointing out that she understands the concept of Rule of Law. Perry is using humanitarian arguments (like communists & liberals do) to justify a tuition rate break for the children of illegal immigrants. Further, he has stood by while they have access to taxpayer revenues from oil & gas to fund grant monies to illegals. That money should be going to American citizen offspring. Have you seen pictures of all the men we have sent off to fight for freedom? Did they die just so people like PERRY could give it all away? To help him aspire to the top of the political offices the monies funding his aspirations are from those who have a VESTED INTEREST IN CHEAP LABOR. To me this is REVOLTING!
Where are you from?
Who is your primary candidate pick?
It might help me decipher that last rant.
HOUSTON-THE LAND OF ILLEGAL ALIEN COP-KILLING
2. Who is your primary pick?
I’m waiting on Sara,if not Bachmann, she has a bplus rating on immigration.
It helps if posters say who they’re rooting for when they come on another thread to comment — it makes things clearer.
.....A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Beck won national awards during the 1970s for his coverage of urban expansion issues, including honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Izaak Walton League. In addition to the advocacy of immigration reduction, much of his work focuses on urban planning and sprawl-related matters..... Source
One other thing, Rick Perry signed VOTER PHOTO ID into state law last month -- took him 6 years but we have it. Only 6 states have a photo ID voter requirement.
I was right there at the King Street meeting when he attended and announced the passage of voter ID. Everyone was very happy. I heard his speech that night he did a great job.
I am not really a big fan of NUmbers right now as they are pushing the National E-Verify bill which is pleasing to the Chamber of Commerce. They know this bill has raised the bar on legal evidence so high it will be impossible to enforce.Further, the bill will trash the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing local/state control in US Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting through pre-emption.