A.J. Spiker, Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, is resigning at the end of the month. Spiker has clashed over his tenure at times with Governor Terry Branstad and county activists on issues, purpose and fundraising.
Spiker said he is quitting to take a paid position with the political action committee of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a possible 2016 presidential candidate. Spiker worked for Paul’s father, Ron, during the last two Iowa Caucus cycles.
Critics question whether Spiker resigned as chair because he knows he would not have the party’s support to stay on the job. Branstad supporters have showed their strength earlier this month at convention to take back power in the party infrastructure.
In this first segment of The Insiders, Channel 13’s Dave Price talks to Spiker and finds out why he is leaving, what it means for this year, and what it means for the 2016 race.
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