GOP decision state Iowa has officially set its caucuses to January 3, 2012 in order to maintain its early presidential election prominence. This is the after-effect of Florida ingnoring party rules and rescheduling its primary to an earlier spot in the season.
The national convention is not until late summer of 2012, but the first-round choices are critical. Iowa Party Chair Matt Strawn says:
“At a time when more and more Americans feel disconnected from our national leaders, we need places like Iowa and New Hampshire that require those who seek to lead us, actually meet us, look us in the eye and listen to our hopes and concerns for our families and our Nation,” Strawn said. “I will do everything in my power on the RNC to hold Florida accountable for creating this mess, but the culpability for creating a compressed January calendar does not end there.”
South Carolina has sided with Iowa in its efforts to steady the rescheduling of primaries.
The grassroots operation to re-elect President Obama is bringing in more staff and opening a Lowcountry headquarters in Charleston today. Organizing for America’s Southern Regional Director Tharon Johnson will be in for the event and we’ll be talking with him about their campaign strategies. Johnson led the successful campaign for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Some tea for Gingrich
Another prominent tea party member has endorsed Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Charleston Tea Party board member Chris Horne says, ” Newt’s ’21st Century Contract for America’ does what I’ve wanted from a candidate for years. It lays down a specific plan in black and white exactly what he will do, when he will do it and how he will do it, and in terms I can understand.”
Columbia Tea Party founder Allen Olson endorsed Gingrich, resigned his post with the group to help with the campaign. Olsen in fact, notified the press this week that Gingrich will be a guest at the Aiken Republican Club dinner on October 28.
The Gingrich campaign says it has dispatched national Coalitions Director Adam Waldeck to South Carolina to lead outreach to tea parties, conservative groups and activists.