Overnight developments, GOP state convention preview

If you missed it, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats said he’s mulling an independent bid for governor and would also accept the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor if he’s nominated today by delegates at the Iowa GOP’s state convention in Des Moines.

Terry Branstad, the GOP nominee for governor, was asked by WHO-TV for comment last night.  During the 10 o’clock news, the station played a snippet of the interview with Branstad which included Branstad using the word “crazy” to describe Vander Plaats.  The tape/story has not been posted on the station’s website.  

During his appearance on WHO Radio, Vander Plaats said he had not been invited to today’s state convention but might consider attending if he’s selected by the delegates to be the GOP’s lieutenant governor nominee.

I asked Danielle Plogmann, the Iowa GOP’s communications director, about BVP’s statement.  “All Iowa Republicans are always welcome as guests to our convention, however formal invitations are only extended to duly elected delegates and alternates,” she wrote, via email last night.  “By tradition and practice, only our nominees have speaking roles.”

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.