DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Party co-chairman Jim Kurtenbach is stepping down from his state GOP post to support Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign.


Kurtenbach is the latest in a series of Iowa Republican leaders to throw their support to the former Minnesota governor. Pawlenty is tapping Kurtenbach to be an Iowa campaign co-chairman.


Kurtenbach is a Republican former state representative from Nevada, Iowa. He was elected the state GOP organization’s No. 2 official in 2009 and re-elected unanimously to a second term in January.


Pawlenty says he needs to win or do very well in the caucuses next year. He has amassed a team of veteran Iowa Republican staff and operatives to advise him.


Kurtenbach joins as co-chairman Christian Fong of Cedar Rapids and Roger Underwood of Ames. Pawlenty was in Iowa Saturday.

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Comments (3)
  1. Murph says:

    I’d feel sorry for Jimmy K. ,but he’s a republican and deserves what he’s getting into! Unbelieveable that none of Pawlenty’s fans never bothered to check his actual record.His mislabeled,unspoken and still hidden record is an abomination! If he did check the true record then he deserves to be forever mentioned as just another GOP circus clown who entertains the rich!

  2. Ronald Raygun says:

    A dope following a dope.

  3. ME says:

    ha ha , what an idiot..who would follow him an idiot in la la land

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