The Republican Party of Iowa took some heat after prematurely naming a winner on caucus night, only to backtrack two weeks later after a recount ended with a new winner and missing votes. Now the party's new chairman says he wants to fix what went wrong.
It was an unexpected turn of events when then Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn announced Rick Santorum was actually winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, not Mitt Romney as he had announced caucus night.
Now, months later, the Iowa GOP is taking a look back to figure out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.
“An open honest and accurate caucus is in the best interest of all of Iowa whether you are a republican democrat or non-party person,” said Mary Mosiman.
Mary Mosiman, the Deputy of Elections for Iowa`s Secretary of State, is the co-chair of the newly created committee on the Iowa Caucus. Mosiman will be joining 17 other committee members from all over the state.
“I am looking forward to the actual work of the committee. The committee is going to be charged with conducting a comprehensive review and audit of what took place at the recent republican caucus,” said Mosiman.
“I believe we had a successful caucus, but we also have to acknowledge there were some problems so we plant to fix what went wrong and promote what went right,” said Bill Schickel, the Chair of the committee.
The committee will have four subcommittees: Public relations, operations, training, and research.
Each subcommittee member will then be tasked with seeking input and advice from experts in the political arena and from citizens.
Whenever you make mistakes I think it’s important to acknowledge them, that we own up to them and that we fix them. And that`s what we intend to do with the Iowa caucuses,” said Schickel, “Because they represent the first test of presidential preference of who potential can be the next leader of the free world. So we want to make sure we do it right and set a great example for the rest of the nation.”
The first meeting will be held April 26th in Des Moines. Representatives from the Iowa Democratic Party will take part in the committee as well, later down the road.