The Republican parade begins: Eight GOP heavyweights head to Iowa

Story Topics
Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

With the Bridgegate scandal in his rear view mirror, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been re-establishing his public presence through select appearances and events. And he’s stepping into presidential formation, which will soon get very crowded.

The Garden State governor arrived in Iowa on Thursday for a trio of bodacious fundraisers in towns like Cedar Rapids and Davenport. Events for the Republican Governors Association and state lawmakers commanded ticket prices as high as $25,000.

The third event for Gov. Terry Branstad featured much good cheer and old-timey style at the at Iowa State Fair, billed as “An Evening with Chris Christie“, complete with such heartland dainties as whiskey-marinated pork loin, sweet corn studded with bacon bits and, of course, cheese curds.

But ‘tis the season.

Once the aforementioned New Jersey governor leaves Iowa, a Texas governor will be on his very heels. That would be Gov. Rick Perry, who takes his fourth visit to Iowa in less than two years. Mr. Perry will host events next week for the North Iowa Conservative dinner at a high school in Algona, followed by lunch with veterans, law enforcement members and ambulance personnel in Clear Lakeand a barbecue fundraiser for the Cerro Gordo GOP.

Oh, but the parade of potential presidential hopefuls is only just beginning. Sen. Rand Paul arrives in Ames the first week of August, followed by visits to the good folks of Clear Lake and Urbandale. And on Aug. 9, a gaggle of GOP power players arrive for the Family Leadership Summit a. On the roster of confirmed speakers: Mr. Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Ken Cucinelli.

“One of the hopeful outcomes of the Summit is to bring conservatives together early and consistently in the process leading up to the 2016 elections,” says organizer Bob Vander Plaats, president & CEO of the Family Leader, a Colorado-based family-centric ministry.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Get Breaking Alerts