The Hill interviewed two former candidates who did not receive the endorsement of Sarah Palin, one of whom is Bob Vander Plaats, former Iowa gubernatorial candidate and now leader of The FAMiLY LEADER (formerly Iowa Family Policy Center Action) who looks to make an impact in the 2012 Iowa Caucus.

They report:

In Iowa, Vander Plaats, a former gubernatorial contender, is positioning himself much the same way. After losing a GOP primary to Gov. Terry Branstad, Vander Plaats launched a successful campaign to oust three state Supreme Court Justices after they voted to overturn Iowa’s gay-marriage ban.

He recently launched The Family Leader, a social conservative organization that he, too, expects will endorse ahead of the Iowa Caucus.

“We plan on playing a major role in the caucuses,” Vander Plaats told the Ballot Box. “Our base of support largely consists of pro-family conservatives and we want to make sure we see these candidates up close and hear them first-hand.”….

“She has to come to Iowa and do more than just sign books,” said Vander Plaats, who acknowledged the former vice presidential nominee generates “more intrigue” than some of the other contenders.

“What I hear from people is that they really like her, but they just don’t know if they can connect the dots to her being president,” he said.

I agree that she has some work to do in Iowa, but she has not declared her intentions yet.  If she does declare and shuns Iowa then he (and I) would have a valid complaint.  But she hasn’t declared.  Regarding “what I hear from people” well I have heard that from people as well, but I also have talked to people in Iowa who really hopes that she runs.  I have also heard from people reservations about Mike Huckabee running, but I wouldn’t make a general statement that the sentiment is true around the state.

Anyway, when I hear Bob make comments like these if Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin do run, perhaps Sarah needs to send out a press release saying – “I concede The FAMiLY LEADER endorsement to Mike Huckabee” and be done with it.  As a social conservative and follower of Christ, I do expect that organization, if they are going to make an endorsement, to give all of the candidates a fair shake.  I would also hope their approach would be exceedingly different than the tone they took when they endorsed Bob Vander Plaats in his Iowa Gubernatorial bid.

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    1. Bitter? No, just because I criticize somebody doesn’t mean I’m bitter. What would I have to be bitter about? This isn’t personal, I actually just had an enjoyable one-to-one conversation with Bob yesterday in his office. I just don’t think this was a wise statement to make. He is certainly entitled to his opinion, but to project it onto other Iowans isn’t helpful. There are a variety of opinions about Palin, just like there about Huckabee and with Romney.

      Comments like these also makes it hard to believe she is going to get a fair shake by The FAMiLY LEADER. I hope I’m wrong.

      They are the ones who came up with the spelling of THE FAMiLY LEADER, they announced at the event with Huckabee. The small “i” represents humilty and dependence on God who is the true Leader of the family.

      1. I knew that is what the spelling of the name meant but I have also seen it written other ways in other stories. Not in a complementary way I might add. Just checking on where you were coming from. Anyway, glad you had a good one-to-one with Bob.

      2. I’m not sure what way you’ve seen it spelled, but I’m not sure where I’ve given you an impression I’d be inappropriate. Especially since I’m spelling it the way they do.

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