Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ron Paul racks up campaign endorsements in Iowa’s Story County

The Washington Independent
By Lynda Waddington
Thursday August 11th 2011

If the Ames Straw Poll was limited to only GOP activists from Story County, it would appear that the Ron Paul presidential campaign had a leg up. On Thursday the campaign announced its third endorsement from GOP Story County chairmen.

The most recent endorsement for the Texas Congressman comes from former Story County Chairman Heath Hill, who cited Paul’s support of the 10th Amendment as his reasoning.

“My endorsement of Congressman Ron Paul today is not simply because he wants to shrink the size of the Federal Government. It is because he is the only presidential candidate who would have invoked the Tenth Amendment and not granted the Federal Government 95 percent of its current size, power and programs in the first place,” said Hill, who is employed as market president at Premier Credit Union in Ames.

“If you want to preserve your community, preserve your liberties and reverse the tide of the ever-growing, ever in debt, and ever-intrusive federal government, please stand with me this Saturday at the Ames Straw Poll in support of Congressman Ron Paul for President in 2012.”

The endorsement was made Thursday morning before a rallying crowd at the Ames Hilton Garden Inn during an event that also featured his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Paul was previously endorsed by Cory Adams, current Story County GOP chairman, and A.J. Spiker, a previous chairman. Spiker also serves as vice-chairman of the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign in Iowa, and is a member of the Republican State Central Committee.

Ames, home to Iowa State University, will play host once again to the Iowa GOP’s presidential straw poll, which is expected to be attended on Saturday by thousands of Republican activists from throughout the state. Although Ames is the most populous community in the Story County, Nevada is the county seat.

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