An Iowa woman has been hired to help put on President Bush’s second inaugural. Marlys Popma is a long-time Republican Party activist who lives near Colfax. “They asked me if I would help out, and I’m not going to say ‘No’ if they need help with the inaugural,” she says. “It’s an exciting thing with Bush finally winning and having this be a red state for the first time in 20 years, we’re very, very excits. So, I’ll be excited to do my duty while I’m out there.” Popma did similar, behind-the-scenes detail work for Iowans at the Republican National Convention in New York City. Popma says a lot of Iowans are going to the Inauguration — over 200 had already returned their R-S-V-Ps by yesterday afternoon (Wednesday). “It will be my job to make sure that they get to the things they want to get to…that they get the tickets to the ball,” she says. This will be Popma’s first time at the ceremony swearing in the president and the events celebrating the moment.”I’m excited,” she says. “It will be fun.” President Bush’s second inauguration is scheduled Thursday, January 20th. Popma will arrive in D.C. on January 18th. Popma has a long political resume, including work for former Congressman Jim Lightfoot, for G-O-P presidential candidates Phil Gramm and Gary Bauer and for the Iowa Right-to-Life Committee.
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