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As an elected official and then a potential candidate for Iowa House I’ve heard numerous times from Republicans from local County Supervisors on up the line to leadership in the Iowa House, Iowa Senate and Iowa Cabinet officials state that they can’t endorse or support candidates (especially non-incumbents) ahead of a primary.

Yesterday’s breaking news in that Governor Reynolds came out and decided it was time to engage in moving strong Judeo-Christian policy forward by endorsing one Republican primary challenger, Barb McCulla from Pella in a race against Jon Thorup who came out against school choice in one of the districts that is a perfect example of how school choice can work! (Go Eagles and Little Dutch!)


She went on to endorse another candidate in a primary that supports school choice as well and I commend Governor Kim Reynolds for doing this!

If we could turn back the clock a few years can you imagine if Republicans that believed in protecting babies created in God’s image, protecting medical freedom and believed in tax reforms amongst other Republican platform items stood together to support the platform?  We’d have a ballot item this November to protect babies from being killed.

Nope, nobody in the party came out to stand opposed to a fellow legislator that was fine with killing babies.  Instead, those candidates that are complicit in baby killing received support.  School choice has long-lasting societal impacts but is not nearly as powerful as the killing of babies.  Let’s face it, if you kill enough babies schools and the social issues mean nothing.

In the coming days I hope Governor Reynolds will endorse Dean Fisher, Deb Hild, and Steve Bradley as they are in primaries with incumbents that refuse to protect babies from being stabbed, mutilated, and ripped from the womb.  Republicans in these districts need to know that their incumbents are OK with killing babies.

Lastly, I hope Republican leadership will see Governor Kim Reynolds’ bold and brave move and will prompt others to get behind candidates that best represent the Republican Party platform and pick a pony that best represents the constituency, not their buddy, lobbyists, or colleagues they have come to be friends with under the golden dome in Des Moines.

It’s time to jump on a bandwagon that’s worth jumping on because this bandwagon is about more than lobbyists and friendships, it’s about doing the right thing by Iowans even if it’s a little uncomfortable.

BJ Hoffman

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