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Password problems persist for new Iowa GOP leaders
Radio Iowa ^ | July 7, 2014 | O. Kay Henderson

Posted on 07/07/2014 10:01:35 PM PDT by iowamark

Think you’ve got a problem remembering and keeping track of all your computer passwords? After nine days on the job, the Iowa GOP’s new leadership hasn’t been able to get an accurate list of passwords for the party’s online platforms.

The party’s previous chairman was ousted June 28. The list of passwords left behind for the Iowa Republican Party’s website and other online accounts didn’t work. Chad Olsen was hired as the party’s executive director on the 28th of June.

“When we attempted to use those user names and passwords for the most part we were unsuccessful in gaining access and in those cases where the username was correct, but the pasword was not functional, you can attempt to reset the password,” Olsen says. “The problem was that if we attempted to the reset the password, the reset information would go to the former executive director’s email account.”

Steve Bierfeldt, a staffer on Rand Paul’s 2010 U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky, had served as the party’s executive director for the past two years. He actually was the Iowa GOP’s only paid employee — until June 14 when he resigned rather than wait to be fired when Jeff Kaufmann, the new party chairman, took over. There hadn’t been a tweet on the @IowaGOP twitter account for a month, but one finally popped up today announcing: “We’re baaaaAAAAAaaaack. What’d we miss?!” Olsen, the party’s new executive director, is now able to tweet for the party.

“We do not yet have administrative rights to the Facebook page,” Olsen says. “We are still waiting for the former executive director to provide those.”

This weekend Olsen did get access to the Iowa Republican Party’s website. Olsen says the party’s finances were never affected by password problem.

“All the financial information of the party is under our control so we don’t have any issues with reporting or bank accounts or anything like that,” Olsen says.

However, the party’s current leaders do not have control over the “” email account.

“It hasn’t been the smoothest transition that we could have wanted,” Olsen says, “but I think eventually we will get there.”

Olsen says on the advice of legal counsel, he cannot comment on whether the party is considering legal action over these password problems.

When George W. Bush’s team entered the White House on January 20th of 2001, they discovered some Clinton staffers had removed the “W” keys from over 60 computer keyboards before they left. There was only one desk top computer left behind at Iowa GOP headquarters in late June when Olsen arrived and he says its keyboard is intact.

TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: randpaul; ronpaul
The Ron Paul gang continuing to act like idiots.
1 posted on 07/07/2014 10:01:35 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark; Free Vulcan; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued

Wow, shenanigans by the outgoing Paulbot GOP ‘leadership’ in Iowa.

What bunch of j*g offs.

2 posted on 07/07/2014 10:09:34 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: iowamark

Yep, the Paulinistas are every bit as mature as were the Clintonistas as they left the White House.

3 posted on 07/07/2014 10:16:10 PM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: Impy

Just wait until Obama moves out of the White House, if they are ever able to get him out, particularly if the new president is a Republican or a Democrat not of BO’s choosing. There won’t be anything left anywhere.

4 posted on 07/07/2014 10:17:44 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A; fieldmarshaldj

I fully expect brown stains to be left on the walls.

5 posted on 07/07/2014 10:22:26 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: iowamark
I don't get it.

They're having trouble getting a list of the correct passwords and this is some sort of Ron Paul conspiracy against the GOP?

The average person with a website and twitter, etc has plenty of trouble keeping track of his own passwords. I'm not surprised there might be some difficulties in compiling a list of valid passwords to be transferred to another party.

So why the hostility towards the Paulbots?

6 posted on 07/07/2014 10:26:11 PM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: freerepublicchat

Paulbots are the new pet peeve it would appear despite the fact the the Republican establishment is not much better.

7 posted on 07/07/2014 11:15:39 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: freerepublicchat

One would hope that as a paid employee one would keep better track of the employer passwords than the average twitter user.

8 posted on 07/07/2014 11:40:56 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: TaxPayer2000

One would hope an employer would keep better track of an employee and what company information s/he’s privy to...especially an out going employee.

9 posted on 07/07/2014 11:56:24 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: iowamark

Why does being a Republican mean being an incompetent idiot. It’s like they want to perpetuate a stereotype that Republicans can’t use computers.

10 posted on 07/07/2014 11:57:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: iowamark

Why not look at The Matrix series & see what 15 year old ideas might suggest?

11 posted on 07/08/2014 12:04:43 AM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: nickcarraway

Paul people took control of the Iowa GOP central committee in 2012. A new central committee loyal to Governor Branstad was elected this year. A former Paul employee changed the passwords.

12 posted on 07/08/2014 12:07:02 AM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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