Last night we had the opportunity to travel up to Dows for the "Tribute To Stu" Iverson event. Stu recently completed his final term as State Senate Majority leader and is retiring from the Senate.
Another good turn out for Republicans. Leon Mosley (our State CoChair) took time from his own re-election campaign in Black Hawk County to be at Dows. Steve Roberts, National Committeeman and Bonnie Hall (4th District) were in attendance from the State Central Committee (in addition to me-3rd Districts.). Bill Northey, our Secretary of Agriculutre nominee sat at the head table, looking tanned from the campaign trail. Several legislators, current legislative candidates, former legislators, and former party officials were scattered throughout the audience-another good sign.
Gov. Pataki was grounded by extreme weather in South Carolina. The Governor called in and presented Stu with an American flag that had flown over Ground Zero. Jo Ellen Hill (Sporer's Hot Spouse) did the presentation on behalf of the 21st Century Freedom PAC as it's State CoChair.
Attendance was way over 100. It was great to see such a good turnout in the middle of fair and vacation season. The Republicans in the room seemed pretty enthusiasatic, although many wondered why we aren't pushing back against the constant stream of Democrat attacks. A very sweet older Republican woman asked me why we "back down from those devils".
Leon was a big hit, as always.
The lack of controversy is a great sign that we are unifying for November. Big thanks to the Tri-County Republicans for putting together the event and providing Republicans in their neighborhood the chance to come together and fire up, so to speak. But, as Gov. Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC Iowa State Chairman I don't think that Stu has closed his public career-and that's a good thing.