Iowa GOP hires new executive director

After becoming chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa in January, Matt Strawn “hired one of Iowa’s most seasoned GOP organizers,” Jeff Boeyink, as executive director. Boeyink didn’t last long in the position, though, because Terry Branstad lured him away to run his upcoming gubernatorial campaign.

On Saturday the Republican State Central Committee hired Boeyink’s replacement. Jim Anderson worked in Iowa last year, running the Republican National Committee’s “Victory” program. Most recently Anderson was deputy political director at the RNC. Earlier this year he was a media contact person for the American Issues Project. Ed Failor, Jr., head of Iowans for Tax Relief, is a board member of the American Issues Project, a political advocacy group that ran controversial ads against Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.

I can’t say I was too impressed by the Republican turnout operation in Iowa last year. It remains to be seen whether Anderson has the skills to continue the organizational work started by Boeyink at the Iowa GOP.

  • Fundraising

    I had forgotten the Iowa GOP didn’t have an Executive Director.  I wonder just how impressive Jim Anderson can  fundraise.  Maybe I’m overthinking this, but with Grassley and Branstad running for statewide office that has to syphon off some potential money out there.  Iowa GOP donors typically are businessminded individuals which several have had to of lost money due to the recession.  But maybe I’m being overly hopeful that the Iowa GOP will have less money.  

    • I suspect

      that the big in-state money will go primarily to Branstad rather than the Iowa GOP. I haven’t heard anything about how the Iowa House and Senate Republicans are doing on the fundraising front. I assume we will be able to outspend them next year, though.

  • Fundraising

    I had forgotten the Iowa GOP didn’t have an Executive Director.  I wonder just how impressive Jim Anderson can  fundraise.  Maybe I’m overthinking this, but with Grassley and Branstad running for statewide office that has to syphon off some potential money out there.  Iowa GOP donors typically are businessminded individuals which several have had to of lost money due to the recession.  But maybe I’m being overly hopeful that the Iowa GOP will have less money.  

  • Fundraising

    I had forgotten the Iowa GOP didn’t have an Executive Director.  I wonder just how impressive Jim Anderson can  fundraise.  Maybe I’m overthinking this, but with Grassley and Branstad running for statewide office that has to syphon off some potential money out there.  Iowa GOP donors typically are businessminded individuals which several have had to of lost money due to the recession.  But maybe I’m being overly hopeful that the Iowa GOP will have less money.  

  • Here's a thought....

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