Steve Hoodjer reports here, at the Iowa Freedom Report, on the Constitution Party of Iowa’s recent state convention.
The Constitution Party of Iowa held its first convention on May 22 in Grinnell. For the first time in its history, the party has nominated candidates for Governor and Congress. Rick Phillips will be the party’s nominee for Govenor and Ted Hee his running mate. In the 2nd Congressional District, Navy veteran John Tack of Cedar Rapids joins a crowded field of more-or-less pro-liberty candidates for Congress. But as Ron Paul says, “the more, the merrier” because the freedom message will get out to lots of voters.
The Constitution Party nominee for President in 2008, Pastor Chuck Baldwin, received 4,445 votes in Iowa to finish in 5th place statewide behind the Republicrat ticket of Obama/McCain, Independent Ralph Nader, and Libertarian Bob Barr. The Phillips/Hee ticket will need 1,500 signatures to secure a place on the November ballot and must poll 2% in order to establish the Constitution Party as a major party and secure ballot access for 2012.
There has also been rumors that former GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats might run as an independent.