Hatch Campaign Scoops Own Announcement of Running Mate

Cedar Rapids city councilwoman Monica Vernon stands with governor candidate Jack Hatch as the two announce their partnership in the race for Iowa governor on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the IBEW Local 405 Headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Charlie Litchfield/The Register)

Cedar Rapids city councilwoman Monica Vernon stands with governor candidate Jack Hatch as the two announce their partnership in the race for Iowa governor on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the IBEW Local 405 Headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Charlie Litchfield/The Register)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – State Senator Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat and nominee for governor, has chosen Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon as his lieutenant governor running mate. Hatch scheduled a news conference in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning to officially make the announcement.

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The Hatch Campaign website announced Monica Vernon as its lieutenant governor candidate Tuesday morning.

But Hatch’s campaign website already broke the news earlier in the morning.

The campaign later took down the picture, which may have been posted prematurely.

Vernon finished second in the 1st District Congressional primary and used to be a registered Republican.

Vernon founded the Vernon Research Group. Vernon had become many insiders’ top guess as a choice. She provides Hatch  some increased campaign recognition in eastern Iowa, where Hatch isn’t very well-known. And her ties to the business community could help Hatch raise money, where he is getting dwarfed by the fundraising operation of Republican Governor Terry Branstad.

Recent campaign finance reports showed Branstad with $4.5 million in the campaign bank account, while Hatch had only about $300,000.

6 comments

  • The Phantom

    How can he run a state if he cannot even run a campaign. His team stole his thunder. I love this. Terry has him on the defensive with the open tax records and the tax incentive development projects he did 3 to 5 years ago.

  • The Phantom

    I wonder how channel 9 and the local paper in Cedar Rapids will handle this campiagn since Ms. Vernons company was purchased by the The Gazette Co in 2013 and she is an employee of the same media comany as both channel 9 and the Cedar Rapids daily paper.

  • Rebecca Hergert

    Hatch must be scraping the barrel here for running mates.
    You might as well pick someone that puts their in-put/views in the Register like Rick Smith, Deb Fink. Cause they are well known!!
    This isn’t gonna work-out here!!

  • Rebecca Hergert

    So if she was a employee at the Cedar Rapids Gazette, what is her justification for allowing the Gazette putting couple’s engagement/wedding photo’s trespassing on railroad property.

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