Monday, April 10, 2006


Linn County Neighbor elected Senate Republican Leader

In an unexpected twist, the Senate Republican Caucus elected a new leader, Mary Lundby of Marion, replacing current Republican Leader Stew Iverson of Clarion. I first caught the news from Drew Miller and then Krusty, but RadioIowa appears to have the most complete story posted by the mainstream media currently.

UPDATE: Here's the Des Moines Register story on the matter.

UPDATE: And here's Yepsen's always thoughtful analysis.

UPDATE 4/13: and another more indepth profile.

The Iowa City Press Citizen even decided to report on the implications for the Corridor, quoting from Johnson County GOP Chair Todd Versteegh:

"Todd Versteegh, chairperson of the Johnson County Republicans, said the Republicans felt a change in leadership was necessary. However, he said he was surprised by the move.

"Normally, you don't see these types of a leadership changes this late in the session, but we are at a very critical point right now," said Versteegh, adding the move was a positive one. "Sen. Lundby is an outstanding leader. I don't think Republicans should be worried about her leadership.""