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In 2003, David Wiggins got appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court. These days he is the name of a website and a moving target across the state. 2012 Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum took part in a rally Monday morning urging Iowans not to retain Wiggins on the November ballot. Santorum said, “Encourage the people of Iowa to do what you do so well, that I’m a witness of, and that is speak loudly to the country.”

Santorum stood before two busses before they took off on their statewide tour. Tamara Scott, state director of Concerned Women for America, made her pitch, too. She said, “
the legislator uses the impeachment process. The retention is the people’s process.”

They claim when Wiggins sided with the rest of the court in the Varnum v Brien case in 2009, he created the law that allowed same-sex marriage.

The FAMiLY Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats cited a recent statewide survey that showed only 63 percent of attorneys thought Wiggins deserved to say on the bench.
He said, “What they said in that scoring instrument is Justice Wiggins in arrogant. He’s confrontational. He’s not all that bright. And above all, he’s lazy.”

Guy Cook, the president-elect of the Iowa State Bar Association, lead his own rally where he strongly pushed back against Vander Plaats’ claims. He said, “Judges are not politicians. They do not render opinions or ruling in return for votes. They follow the law.”

Cook said while Wiggins isn’t a politician, even if he were, Wiggins approval numbers are far better than the president, governor and congress.

Cook spoke along with other supporters of Justice Not Politics. The group plans on following the other bus across the state to stick up for Wiggins right to stay on the bench by encouraging Iowans to vote “yes”. 

Governor Terry Branstad’s niece, Chris, believes the “vote no” group is trying to undo Iowa tradition of fair and impartial elections. She said, “Our method of selecting judge creates a non-partisan, non political system and we’re here to protect them.

This “yes” group brought its own bus to follow the other’s group’s “no” bus from city to city, and supporters say the big difference is it’s an Iowa bus, funded by Iowans for Iowans, unlike the other side where people and money in other states tell Iowans what to do.

Dan Moore, of Sioux City, the past president of the Iowa State Bar Association said, “Justice should not be for sale to the highest bidder. “