Republican strategist David Kochel, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman AJ Spiker, and Republican National Committee member Steve Scheffler taped this week’s edition of Iowa Press earlier today to discuss the future of the Republican Party and address concerns that many Iowa Republicans have voiced about the current leadership of the Republican Party of Iowa. The full episode airs tonight at 7:30 on IPTV.
Radio Iowa: Kochel accuses Spiker of “refusing to listen” to Republican office-holders like Governor Branstad as well as Republican candidates and the “grassroots” — plus Kochel faults Spiker’s fundraising abilities.
“They’ve had months where they raise less than $3000 in an entire month,” Kochel said. “We’ve got state legislative candidates who represent 1/100th of Iowa who do better than that.”
Des Moines Register: Kochel said the convention date issue needed to be played out in public because Spiker wouldn’t listen. “His first instinct was to cut the legs out from under our Senate candidates,” he said. “I would much rather this be done in private as well.”
In response, Spiker said: “I’m not going to take advice of Mitt Romney’s campaign.”
Kochel pointed out that the Republican Party of Iowa’s Twitter account has 18 retweets of Spiker, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Donald Trump and zero retweets of messages from Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds or any of the Republican U.S. Senate candidates.
WHO-TV: If you read the first line of Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker’s email to supporters, you might think those who have called for him to resign will finally get their way.