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image State Senator Kim Reynolds (R-Osceola), Bob Vander Plaats and State Representative Rod Roberts (R-Carroll) were nominated to be the Lt. Governor nominee from the floor.  Reynolds was Governor Terry Branstad’s pick.  Roberts took to the podium, endorsed the ticket and declined the nomination.  He told me later he was glad he was nominated as it gave him a chance to speak and endorse.

Bob Vander Plaats accepted the nomination, wanting to listen to the people…

Does he accept the will of the voters here?

749 Delegate votes for Kim Reynolds (55.6%)

579 Delegate votes for Bob Vander Plaats.

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  1. I view this, “Does he accept the will of the voters here?” as somewhat of a snide comment. So, I will make an in-kind one, “Does Branstad accept that a large amount of voters are partial to Vander Plaats? Is Branstad going to do something to placate them, or is he going to continue his complete and utter arrogance towards the Vander Plaats camp?

    By the way, IF the voters at the Convention are the ONLY ones that will be voting in the General Election, then Vander Plaats needs to suck it up and support Branstad!

    1. It wasn’t meant to be a snide remark, and I was only talking in context of the delegation not the whole electorate. The convention should have been a positive venue since it is mainly made up of activists of whom BVP probably held a majority. Meaning some of those who voted for him in the primary, likely voted against his Lt. Gov nomination.

      Regarding Branstad… he does need to listen to BVP supporters. However there are many whose only demand is that he accepts BVP’s executive order idea. He can’t do that (I wouldn’t want him to either). Now regarding arrogance, can we make a distinction between the issues and the candidate? Vander Plaats involvement represents a problem for Branstad as it is likely he won’t, can we say… be on message. Also Vander Plaats has smeared Branstad for the last several months so why should he accommodate him?

      Losing doesn’t give you a mandate either, and I think the only arrogance shown here has been by Vander Plaats.

      Now can Branstad ignore social conservatives, he shouldn’t but they also need to realize there are more (and frankly) better ways to address the gay marriage issue than an unconstitutional executive order. Branstad won’t interfere with a marriage amendment and has said he supports it. The Governor really has little to do with that process anyway. He is prolife and wants to defund Planned Parenthood. He picked a solid social conservative as a running mate. He also wants to eliminate universal pre-school and challenge Obamacare.

      So I think he’s willing to listen to the concerns of social conservatives who voted for BVP (some voted for Branstad or Roberts), I’m not so sure how effective BVP will be in championing their concerns. He burned too many bridges in my opinion to be able to effectively negotiate with the Branstad campaign. Branstad did say they were open to another meeting with BVP though. We’ll see what comes of that.

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