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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:34 pm 
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Mike Huckabee's campaign chair in Iowa, Bob Vander Plaats has officially announced his candidacy for Governor of Iowa 2010 today!!!

Please read his announcement on his new website:

http://www.teamvp2010.com/

GO BOB GO!!!! :) :) :) :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:43 pm 
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I'm sure he'll be a Huck PAC edorsed candidate. When Huckabee spoke at our state convention this summer he said that when he comes back to Iowa he will be calling him "Governor Vander Plaats."

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:40 pm 
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oops, i posted on this too. i'll delete mine.

I'm excited! I'm sending in money to donate right away!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:58 pm 
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A northwest Iowa Republican who's run for governor twice before plans to run again in 2010.

In the 2008 election cycle, Bob Vander Plaats campaigned extensively with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who won last year's Iowa Caucuses.

"In 2002 we shocked everybody by narrowly losing the Republican primary. In 2006 we were nominated to be our party's lieutenant governor nominee and in 2008 we won with Governor Huckabee with our network after being outspent 15-to-1," Vander Plaats says. "We think 2010 is going to be a great year for us to not only win the primary, but to win the general election."

Democratic Governor Chet Culver has made it clear he'll seek re-election in 2010. Vander Plaats says Culver's fiscal record will be difficult to explain to Iowans. "They see a governor who's expanded state government by over $900 million in just two years and now we have an economic downturn and it seems like everybody's in crisis and his best idea yet, which he just took off the table, was to sell the state lottery," Vander Plaats says.

Vander Plaats is a former coach, high school teacher and principal who left education to head a human services organization in Sioux City. He's now a consultant. "We need leadership that has real-life experience in business, real-life experience in education, health care and human services," Vander Plaats says, "and that's my resume."

Vander Plaats, who is 45 years old, wrote a book that was published in 2007 and titled "Light from Lucas." The book's about his family's experience with their severely disabled son.

Vander Plaats has a new campaign website -- http://www.teamvp2010.com -- and he's registered his 2010 campaign committee with the state Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. Vander Plaats stopped by the Radio Iowa studios in Des Moines this morning for an interview.

http://www.radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=13F0D1AF-5056-B82A-373EECD876F0294B


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:15 pm 
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here is part of an -mail I received today 1/26/09 from Randy Davis:

Bob Vander Plaats is officially entering the race for Iowa Governor next year! He was on Jan Mickelson's radio show this morning and will be on "Deace in the Afternoon" today which airs between 4 - 7 PM with Steve Deace.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:17 pm 
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Woot! Go VP!

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This VERY LIKELY means, that Huckabee will be coming (again) to Iowa to campaign for Vander Plaats!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:08 pm 
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Great photos.Thanks, they take me back to last winter when we traveled miles and miles over snowy roads to catch up with Mike and half the time VderP was there too.
Ah, those were the days, may they come again soon!


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I like the contrast of the snow and hot summer days in Iowa. Go BVP!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:09 am 
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Peter Teahen, who ran a failed bid for the GOP nomination for congress in Iowa’s second district in 2008, has signed on to Bob Vander Plaats’s gubernatorial campaign, the Des Moines Register reports.

The Teahen endorsement is relevant for two reasons:

First, the second district GOP primary was heated and at times nasty, and with Teahen, Vander Plaats has aligned himself with the losing side. Perhaps fortunately for Vander Plaats, though, Teahen did win Linn County, which he will be in charge of for 2010, by about 2,500 votes.

Second, both Vander Plaats and Teahen supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. If Vander Plaats can keep team Huckabee united and on his side, he could have the connections to win his party’s nomination. Chief Huckabee Iowa strategist Eric Woolson helped Vander Plaats officially announce his candidacy, so anything is possible.

Team Huckabee did take a blow a few months ago when the Republican Party of Iowa elected Matt Strawn, a former supporter of Sen. John McCain, to serve as state chair. Strawn’s main opponent was former State Rep. Danny Carroll, who worked closely with Vander Plaats as Huckabee’s Iowa co-chair. But Huckabee’s coalition is still as strong as any within Iowa’s GOP base, and Vander Plaats seems poised to capitalize on it.

http://iowaindependent.com/12660/teahen-signs-on-to-vander-plaats-campaign


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:59 am 
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Peter Teahen, who ran a failed bid for the GOP nomination for congress in Iowa’s second district in 2008, has signed on to Bob Vander Plaats’s gubernatorial campaign, the Des Moines Register reports.

The Teahen endorsement is relevant for two reasons:

First, the second district GOP primary was heated and at times nasty, and with Teahen, Vander Plaats has aligned himself with the losing side. Perhaps fortunately for Vander Plaats, though, Teahen did win Linn County, which he will be in charge of for 2010, by about 2,500 votes.

Second, both Vander Plaats and Teahen supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. If Vander Plaats can keep team Huckabee united and on his side, he could have the connections to win his party’s nomination. Chief Huckabee Iowa strategist Eric Woolson helped Vander Plaats officially announce his candidacy, so anything is possible.

Team Huckabee did take a blow a few months ago when the Republican Party of Iowa elected Matt Strawn, a former supporter of Sen. John McCain, to serve as state chair. Strawn’s main opponent was former State Rep. Danny Carroll, who worked closely with Vander Plaats as Huckabee’s Iowa co-chair. But Huckabee’s coalition is still as strong as any within Iowa’s GOP base, and Vander Plaats seems poised to capitalize on it.

http://iowaindependent.com/12660/teahen-signs-on-to-vander-plaats-campaign


Teahen had a bitter primary in district 2. The winner of that primary refused to fill out some pro-life surveys, therefore, the Iowa Right to Life labeled her "The Great Pretender" in a newsletter about the general election. Her supporters blame the Teahen people for this, and he does have some skeletons that are controversial. Hopefully this works out for Bob VP.

As far as the Republican Party of Iowa chair election, they did not listen to the grassroots when the State Central Comittee elected Strawn. They chose the shiny new penny who was new to the scene (only in Iowa one year) instead of a reliable candidate with a strong record. Strawn hasn't done anything stupid yet. We'll see............

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:28 am 
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I just wanted to add that I have been networking with Huck PAC Iowa volunteers and I am amazed (although I shouldn't be) at the unification behind Huckabee that is still there. It is awesome to see them organizing meetings and brainstorming for Bob VP and the conservative cause, and Obama's perfomance has just energized everybody.

Bob VP has been smart in using the Huckabee connections and also reaching out to others. He has put a Romney staffer (I hope she's on the up and up) and a McCain staffer as part of the top of his campaign.

Bob VP winning the Republican nomination for governor is crucial.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:47 pm 
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Is there already a topic that exists that keeps a running list of candidates for various offices in 2010 that are Huckabee supporters? Like Vander Plaats for Governor, John Oxendine for Governor of GA, Andre Bauer for SC Gov., Mark Rubio for U.S. Senator/Gov. in FL, and so on.

In fact, it may be a good idea to make a new website, like 'Huckabee Coalition' which profiles all the candidates and links to their websites.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:53 pm 
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A new HucksArmy.com is in the works. We want to have a section about the top candidates we should be backing / working for. Putting these people there would be best in my opinion.


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Everyone can catch up on what Bob's been doing in and for Iowa here: http://bobvanderplaats.squarespace.com/ You can view videos and read his blogs. Here is a blog post from yesterday. Very encouraging. Also, Bob's been advertising on the top-front page of the Drudge Report. If anyone can spare a few change that would be great. We need to get Gov. Chet Culver out of office in 2010 and I think Bob is our best option.

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These past two weeks have demonstrated more clearly than ever how real
leadership can make a difference and why your involvement is so crucial to
our freedom. We've seen Chet Culver surrender to the Iowa Supreme Court's
opinion attempting to overturn 161 years of state law and 5,000 years of
cultural heritage on the institution of marriage. Meanwhile, the Democrats
in the General Assembly have labored day and night to raise taxes on working
Iowans and small businesses with their plan to eliminate our ability to
deduct federal taxes from our state returns.



But, I have to tell you that I've been energized by the response we've seen.
Everyday Iowans, many who have never been involved in politics and said they
never would, are speaking out like never before. We saw it at the tea
parties across our state where thousands of people took time off from their
jobs to say, "Enough is enough. We don't want higher taxes and more
government spending that will create a crushing burden for us, our children
and grandchildren." We've seen hundreds of Iowans crowd into the Statehouse
to oppose the efforts of Chet Culver, Mike Gronstal, Pat Murphy and other
Democrats who want to get rid of federal deductibility. Hundreds more Iowans
have raised their voices against same sex marriage. People are frustrated
but they are also ready to take back our government and restore common-sense
values.



These past two weeks have been tremendous for our campaign. I've spoken to
large groups on these issues from one end of the state to the other. My
willingness to take a bold position against same-sex marriage has generated
news coverage - and, more importantly, support - across Iowa and beyond our
borders. And, I can only tell you to
"stay tuned" because we're going to be
going at least as strong next week.



I know you feel the same energy, too. Together, we are going to defeat Chet
Culver next year. Please continue to stand with me and fight the fight we
must win for the future of our state. We can have real leadership committed
to building a vibrant economy, world-class schools, access to excellent
health care, a hand up to those in need, energy independence, the sensible
stewardship of our natural and fiscal resources, and policies that encourage
strong families, personal freedom and responsibility. I urge you to take a
moment let your friends know about our campaign and contribute by clicking
here. Thanks for all you're doing - and all that I know you're going to do
as we move forward together to victory.



Bob

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:07 am 
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Did Huck endorse Bob yet, or is that happening today?
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Mike Huckabee is interviewing and playing guitar with Kris allen today at noon for this wkends show...also, Huck PAC is going to make an Iowa endorsement today...

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/mikehuckabee?v=feed&story_fbid=87129548926

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 12:24 pm 
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bmk2307 wrote:
Did Huck endorse Bob yet, or is that happening today?
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Mike Huckabee is interviewing and playing guitar with Kris allen today at noon for this wkends show...also, Huck PAC is going to make an Iowa endorsement today...

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/mikehuckabee?v=feed&story_fbid=87129548926


It is not Bob because he has not officially declared his run for governor yet. He is in the fundraising process.

I am sworn to secrecy..............

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 12:34 pm 
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HMMMMM- guess I will have to guess...


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 12:35 pm 
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I guess it won't be Christopher Rants - DM Register says he is "taking steps" toward running for governor...


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 12:45 pm 
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Bob Vanderplaats contacted my local paper, they had an article where Bob said very emphatically that he is not announcing "officially" his bid on the 10th.

Something else is up!

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Danny: I await your best guess!


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