Iowa GOP Chairman Optimistic Iowa Republican Party Caucuses Will Be First in 2024 –

Statewide Iowa – The Iowa GOP chairman said a national panel he led unanimously backs a report that would secure first-in-the-nation status for Iowa’s Republican Party caucuses in 2024.

Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann served as chairman of the national party’s presidential nomination process committee. Kaufmann says the group considered options for rearranging the timing of presidential primaries and caucuses, but the final report recommends no changes be made.

The report will be presented to the Republican National Committee this summer. Kaufmann says he hopes GOP leaders from other states ratify the plan to have caucuses in Iowa first, followed by the New Hampshire primary and contests in Nevada and South Carolina — but he doesn’t take it for granted.

Last weekend, a group of Democratic National Committee members discussed changes to their presidential nominating process and aired complaints about the caucus process. Kaufmann says he has complete faith in Iowa Democratic Party leaders arguing that THEIR party’s caucuses should remain first in 2024.

Kaufmann is at his farm in eastern Iowa and participated remotely in this week’s Republican National Committee rally in Utah. Kaufmann says he supports the party’s decision to censure Wyoming Congresswoman Lynn Cheney and Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger.

The two have joined House Democrats’ investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kaufmann describes this as a militarization of their status as Republicans.

Kaufmann says, “Now if you want to attack Trump, if you want to attack the decisions that have been made, you have every right to do so. I don’t have a problem with that, but if you’re using the very party label to sue members of that party, I don’t think that’s the proper use – so don’t belong to that party.

Cheney says Republicans have taken themselves hostage willingly to a man who admits he tried to nullify a presidential election and suggests he would pardon the Jan. 6 defendants who have been charged with serious crimes. Kinzinger says Republican leaders have allowed conspiracies and toxic tribalism to guide their decision-making.

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