Strawn to seek another round as Iowa GOP chair (AUDIO)

Republican Party of Iowa chairman Matt Strawn announced this morning (here’s a link to the audio that he intends to seek a second, two-year term as chairman.  Strawn has the backing of top Republicans.  Read their statements below:

Branstad releases statement on Chairman Strawn’s decision to seek re-election

(URBANDALE) – Gov.-elect Terry Branstad today issued the following statement in response to Iowa Republican Party Chair Matt Strawn’s decision to seek re-election as chairman:

“Matt Strawn has been an articulate and energetic leader for our party during the 2010 election cycle, and I am extremely pleased he has chosen to seek re-election as Republican Party chairman. There is no better advocate, ally and voice for Iowa Republicans as we prepare for the 2012 caucuses and general election.

“The Republican Party of Iowa has been stronger, more visible and imminently more successful since Matt Strawn became our leader. I am enthused about the opportunity to continue to work with him next cycle as we share the Republican message of more jobs, smaller and more efficient government, and better schools with the people of Iowa.”

Speaker-elect Paulsen Issues Statement on Chairman Strawn

(DES MOINES) – House Speaker-elect Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) today commented on Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn’s decision to seek re-election.

“Chairman Strawn is a proven conservative leader who’s worked tirelessly to help get Republicans elected.  I am thrilled that he will be seeking re-election and I fully support his effort.  Iowa Republicans have a committed and diligent chairman in Matt Strawn.”

This past weekend the Iowa Democratic Party’s State Central Committee reelected its chair, Sue Dvorsky, to a two-year term.

UPDATE:  Iowa’s senior senator has released a written statement.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, released the following statement after Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn announced he was seeking reelection as Chairman of the state party.

“The Republican Party has seen a resurgence in Iowa over the last two years.    The Republican victories  last month were a strong indication of a well-run state party.  Taking back control of the Iowa House and winning the governorship didn’t happen by chance.  Iowa Republicans are enthusiastic and ready to build on these successes through continued strong leadership at the helm of the Republican Party of Iowa.”

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