Iowa GOP Chair Says Stakes Of ’24 Race Will Transcend ’23 Rift Between Gov. Reynolds And Trump

Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann (Iowa PBS photo)

Johnston, Iowa — Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann says the friction between former President Donald Trump and Governor Kim Reynolds over her November endorsement of Ron DeSantis will evaporate as the General Election campaign gets underway.

Trump complained about the governor’s lack of loyalty throughout 2023. In the weeks leading up to the Iowa Caucuses, crowds at Trump rallies in Iowa often booed when Trump mentioned Reynolds by name.

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Kaufmann suggests Reynolds and Trump have some fence-mending to do, however.

Reynolds has been Iowa’s governor for nearly seven years. Kaufmann says with one-point-six million dollars in her campaign account and an aggressive travel schedule in Iowa, Reynolds is well-positioned to run for reelection in 2026 if that’s what she intends to do.

Kaufmann made his comments this (Friday) morning during taping of “Iowa Press” which airs tonight (Friday) on Iowa PBS. In a written statement released this (Friday) afternoon, Reynolds noted she has endorsed Trump and said it’s important for Iowa Republicans to deliver Iowa for Trump, end Joe Biden’s political career and return Trump to the White House.


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