BOONE, Iowa—The very first Eisenhower Grand Ole’ Picnic Friday in the Boone McHose Park brought out a lot of the party leaders the local Republic Committee was hoping to attract. Governor Terry Branstad led the turnout with Congressman Steve King drawing a big crowd because of his comments on immigration last week. King told those in attendance that he would not back away from his comments and in fact reinforced his position by saying the current immigration bill is not about immigration but amnesty. Others focused on other issues, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey about the farm bill and other agriculture development, Secretary of State Matt Schultz about voter ID, and newly appointed State Auditor Mary Mosiman about her first run for State Auditor.
Many were gathered to meet some of the candidates seeking the parties support for a run at the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Tom Harkin. Announced candidates Sam Clovis and State Senator Joni Ernst were on hand to talk to supporters.