Governor Terry Branstad’s campaign is sending out invitations to the “grand opening” of the “2014 Republican Victory Office” this Saturday afternoon in Urbandale. However, while Branstad has hired staff and is raising campaign money, he has not officially announced that he’ll seek a sixth term as governor.
“We’re going to wait until election year. That’s 2014,” Branstad told reporters today. “…I’m very excited that we have a very good team of people that are commited to putting the groundwork in place in the event we decide to blow the whistle in 2014 and go foward.”
The “Republican Victory Office” is serving as the main campaign hub for Branstad as well as other Republican candidates like Congressman Tom Latham and Secretary of State Matt Schultz. State Auditor Mary Mosiman and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will move in soon. There’s also space reserved for whomever Iowa Republicans choose as their U.S. Senate nominee in 2014.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann used the space as her Iowa Caucus campaign headquarters in 2011. During the 2012 general election campaign, Congressman Latham and the Romney campaign used the space.