# Jamie Johnson



Stop using professed respect for Jews as cover for racism and Islamophobia

Prominent Iowa Republican Jamie Johnson resigned yesterday as leader of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, after CNN exposed a pattern of racist statements and “inflammatory remarks about Islam” between 2008 and 2016.

Johnson told CNN his past comments “do not represent my views personally or professionally”; “Having witnessed leaders from the entire faith spectrum work to empower their communities I now see things much differently.”

Whatever Johnson believes today, his generalizations about lazy, promiscuous, drug-using African Americans and Muslims who “want to cut our heads off” didn’t attract any special notice, let alone condemnation, in Iowa GOP circles. Republican activists elected the reverend to serve multiple terms on the party’s State Central Committee. Presidential candidates also sought Johnson’s support. He worked for Rick Santorum before the 2012 caucuses and for Rick Perry and Donald Trump at various times during the 2016 election cycle.

As a Jew, I want to express my utmost contempt for how Johnson praised American Jewish culture as a rhetorical device while denigrating other minority groups.

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Sam Clovis quits as Rick Perry's Iowa chair: Where will he land? (updated)

Former U.S. Senate and state treasurer candidate Sam Clovis has quit as Iowa chair of Texas Governor Rick Perry's presidential campaign, Catherine Lucey reported for the Associated Press yesterday. An influential figure for social conservatives, Clovis backed Rick Santorum before the 2012 caucuses but ruled him out early this year. When he signed on with the Perry campaign in June, Clovis told the Washington Post that he had seriously considered Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and business leaders Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump. Yesterday Philip Rucker quoted Clovis as saying he will pick a new candidate soon.

My money's on Cruz, for several reasons.

UPDATE: The joke's on me! I thought Clovis sincerely believed in conservative principles, but he signed on as Trump's national co-chairman. More details are at the end of this post. Just for fun, I included comments Clovis made when endorsing Santorum on 2011. He must have changed his criteria for candidates, because the standards he listed four years ago don't apply to Trump in any way, shape, or form.

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Iowa GOP Chair A.J. Spiker facing calls to resign

Republican Party of Iowa Chair A.J. Spiker is facing a new challenge to his leadership, thanks to his disastrous handling of the 2014 GOP state convention scheduling. The first prominent Iowa Republican to call for Spiker's resignation was David Kochel, a former senior adviser to Mitt Romney. But Kochel's often out of sync with Iowa GOP leaders these days, as a public supporter of marriage equality.

During the past week, two members of the GOP's State Central Committee have said it's time for Spiker to go. Jamie Johnson and David Chung spoke out on Simon Conway's WHO talk radio show on September 13. Chung fleshed out his argument at his Hawkeye GOP blog a few days later. I've posted excerpts from that piece after the jump. Chung makes clear that he doesn't have the votes on the central committee to oust Spiker, nor does he expect Spiker to resign before his term is up. But he makes a compelling case, placing the "convention debacle" in the context of a "general leadership style that is absolutely tone-deaf to any input from outside [Spiker's] inner circle."

Remember, the Iowa GOP was named one of the country's seven "most dysfunctional state parties" before the State Central Committee meeting where a motion to set the state convention for July 2014 passed with little discussion.

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Rick Santorum finally endorses Mitt Romney for president

This rare late-night post was inspired by former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum's endorsement of Mitt Romney for president tonight. The full text of Santorum's e-mail to supporters is after the jump. It went out at approximately 10 pm central daylight time. He alludes to a long one-on-one meeting and "candid" conversation with Romney on May 4. In a post-script, Santorum promises a "big announcement" soon and says he will ask supporters "to once again join forces with me to keep up the fight, together." I assume he will be an active surrogate for Republican candidates and conservative causes during the general election campaign.

Any relevant thoughts are welcome in this thread. Last week Jamie Johnson, a Santorum supporter recently elected to the Iowa GOP's State Central Committee, told a Washington journalist and an Iowa talk radio audience that he will not assist Romney's campaign.

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Howdy from the Bailey campaign!

Hello,

I am currently volunteering for McKinley Bailey's campaign for re-election.

Two years ago we shocked the state by putting a democrat in a district that is overwhelmingly Republican. Now we are facing another challange in Representative Bailey's campaign fo his first re-election.

Through my activities in the blogosphere, I hope to reach out to activitist, people running for other offices in the area and also to get in touch with possible donors and volunters.

 

I also want to get on a personal basis democrats across the state and really get a finger on the pulse of issues that are important to you.

 

Here are some links that I hope you will check out for more information

http://www.democrats.org/page/dashboard/public/gQmQb

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17662417587

http://actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/13501

http://www.myspace.com/mckinleybailey

http://www.baileyforstatehouse.org/

 

Hope you will check them out and see if you can get involved

 

Thanks again for listening

 

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