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Politico’s Mar­tin re­ports, mov­ing to “pree­mpt con­cerns from rest­ive so­cial con­ser­vat­ives,” ex-Gov. Terry Bran­stad’s (R) camp “is blast­ing out” an email and robo-calls “which tout the so­cial con­ser­vat­ive cre­den­tials” of his new run­ning mate, state Sen. Kim Reyn­olds (R).

Bran­stad mgr. Jeff Boeyink, in a 6/24 email to del­eg­ates slated to at­tend the 6/26 GOp con­vo: “Kim is a pro-life, pro-fam­ily, pro-tax­pay­er, lim­ited gov­ern­ment con­ser­vat­ive.” The robo-call “makes the same case.”

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The “quick ef­fort” by Bran­stad’s camp to as­sure so­cial con­ser­vat­ives comes as the state GOP’s long­stand­ing di­vide between its es­tab­lish­ment and move­ment wings “ap­pears to be the main threat” to Bran­stad’s hopes. The se­lec­tion of Reyn­olds “has not been warmly re­ceived by at least one in­flu­en­tial” IA con­ser­vat­ive.

Ra­dio show host Steve Deace, “who hosts a ra­dio talk show” on Des Moines’s WHO, noted that he was get­ting emails from con­ser­vat­ives con­cerned about Reyn­olds’ views on prop­erty rights and pre­dicted that her se­lec­tion would not mol­li­fy Vander Plaats’ back­ers (6/24). Mean­while, Politico’s Burns re­ports, ex-MA Gov. Mitt Rom­ney’s (R) PAC has sent a new $10K dona­tion to Bran­stad’s camp, “doub­ling Rom­ney’s pre­vi­ous con­tri­bu­tion to Bran­stad” (“Morn­ing Score,” 6/25).

IA State Univ. prof. Stef­fen Schmidt said the se­lec­tion of a run­ning mate doesn’t al­ways have an im­pact since most voters fo­cus on the top of the tick­et. But Schmidt said But this year, “It mat­ters a lot.”

Schmidt: “Bran­stad had to make a really tough de­cision. … Vander Plaats will scare off a lot of in­de­pend­ents. There are a lot of Demo­crats who say they will vote for Bran­stad … so I think (Bran­stad) de­cided, ‘I’m go­ing to pick someone who won’t do any dam­age,’ and that was the No. 1 de­cision” (Hay­worth, Sioux City Journ­al, 6/24).

Mean­while, LG Patty Judge (D) on 6/24 “wel­comed” Reyn­olds to the race, “then im­me­di­ately needled her for a lack of statewide ex­per­i­ence.” Judge: “Her stay in the Iowa Sen­ate has been re­l­at­ively short, and we really have not had a real good op­por­tun­ity to hear her views on many of the is­sues that Gov. Cul­ver and I feel will be im­port­ant in this race” (For­grave, “Iowa Polit­ics In­sider, Des Moines Re­gister, 6/24). Judge also said she looked for­ward to meet­ing Reyn­olds in face-to-face de­bates (Boshart, Ce­dar Rap­ids Gaz­ette, 6/25).

Des Moines Re­gister’s Obradovich writes, the Bran­stad camp “man­aged the rol­lout with its usu­al fin­esse.” Reyn­olds “ap­peared poised and con­fid­ent, but maybe a little nervous. She was pre­pared but not so pol­ished as to seem ar­ti­fi­cial.”

Reyn­olds “said the right things” about be­ing a con­ser­vat­ive: She’s pro-life, pro-fam­ily, be­lieves in tra­di­tion­al mar­riage and wants Iow­ans to have a right to vote on same-sex mar­riage. She’ll “also have to be more forth­com­ing” about her per­son­al his­tory. Bran­stad men­tioned Reyn­olds had over­come ad­versity in her life, but she brushed aside a ques­tion without spe­cific­ally ad­dress­ing her two drunk­en-driv­ing ar­rests. She said that’s been well-pub­li­cized (6/25).

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