Skip to comments.Many Iowa Republicans face challenge from the right
Posted on 05/30/2012 1:24:12 PM PDT by marktwain
DES MOINES --- There is a saying in Iowa Republican political circles: GOP incumbents should spend more time looking over their right shoulder than their left as primaries approach.
That bit of political wisdom holds particularly true for the June 5 primary in which a dozen incumbents across the state face intra-party challenges.
These are not instances such as House District 50 - where incumbents Annette Sweeney and Pat Grassley were thrown together by redistricting. These are races where someone from the party is challenging a sitting incumbent.
And it's only happening on the Republican side this year.
"A lot of these challenges are being done by people and supported by groups that want their candidates to be more ideologically pure on Second Amendment and right-to-life issues," said Craig Robinson, former political director for the Iowa Republican Party. "I think it's a wakeup call for some of these incumbents. I think some of them get caught off guard."
Liberty Iowa is a new political action committee that supports candidates who promise to support abortion restrictions and Second Amendment rights.
The group has connections to former State. Rep. Kim Pearson, a Republican from Pleasant Hill, whose no-compromise attitude gained some critics in her own party during her only two-year term as a legislator.
Pearson's daughter, Morgan, is the treasurer of the group.
"Definitely, our main goal is attracting constitutional conservatives to run for office," said Joel Kurtinitis, a West Des Moines Republican who serves as Liberty Iowa's chairman.
Liberty Iowa has endorsed challenger Jeff Mullen against incumbent Sen. Pat Ward in the race for Senate District 22, but most of its public endorsements are in primaries where Republicans don't already hold a seat.
The religious conservative Family Leader group also endorsed Mullen over Ward in that race, but its other endorsements
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About time. That's one herd that can use some thinning.
I think this is a good idea, should be done in every state.
BS. Let me tell you what’s really happening. This is a small group of self-anointed, self-appointed people who have decided that they are the Keepers of the Sacred Chalice of Conservatism and will only tolerate candidates that are part of their little clique. Many are Paulies like Kurtinitus who think anyone but a RP supporter is a RINO.
These people are more about power than about conservatism. They want to be kingmakers with candidates beholden to them and them alone, just like the old corrupt union honchos we know so well. Quite a number of those being challenged are bona fide conservatives who happened to piss off the power freaks. And I guarantee the conservatives who were already there are bringing it back to them with both barrels.