Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Secretary of Ag Race down to Leonard v. Northey?
Krusty is reporting that Secretary of Agriculture candidate Karey Claghorn will be dropping out of the race and endorsing Bill Northey tomorrow.
Haven't yet seen any official confirmation or media news reports, but I'll update here when I do.
UPDATE: It's official. Here's the 5/5/06 Des Moines Register story and the text of her e-mail to Republicans 5/4/06:
After much thought and debate, I've decided to suspend my campaign for Secretary of Agriculture and officially endorse Bill Northey and his campaign for Iowa's most important agricultural position.
This decision was a very difficult one. I've greatly enjoyed traveling across the state, meeting great people like you. It was a life-changing experience, one which I have learned a great deal from.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you've given me. I could never have made it this far without you. For that, I am greatly appreciative. I hope you support Bill's campaign with the energy that you've supported mine.
I really feel Bill and I complement each other. Bill's experience in production agriculture and national leadership in the commodity organizations coupled with my experience in the supermarket industry, agri-business and animal agriculture make for a great team.
I'm attaching the news release that was sent out for you to read if you'd like. Thank you again for all your support, and I ask you to vote for Bill Northey on June 6!
we better tell the presidential candidates if they wanna win the caucuses, they should be thinking about it too ... McCain/Giuliani running against Romney/Allen and Huckabee/Gingrich ... maybe Frist could get Cox to be his runningmate.
I think Leonard will continue to have more support. He really gets his message out there and attends a lot of functions. If someone hasn't heard him speak, its their own fault. He's been to every county at least once.
"I have know IFRW since my Mom was involved when I was young.
IFRW is the Iowa Federation of Republican Women. This group does a great amount of the work in the Republican Party. There Spring Meeting was in Des Moines today.
I make the trip will little farming guilt as few tractors were rolling and certainly it was wet at home."
I can't believe what a fool Northey makes of himself on his website. These are errors my 4th grader found easily. Sorry, Northey, but you are going to have to do some major work to get this IFRW gal to vote for you.
Also, pull up your pants and put a little spark and ingenuity into your speeches.