Vander Plaats to lead coalition of conservatives (DesMoinesRegister)
Former Republican candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats will lead a reorganized conservative policy and political advocacy group aimed in part at becoming an influential player in the campaign for Iowa's 2012 Republican presidential caucuses.
Vander Plaats, who led a campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices in the Nov. 2 election, said Monday he will become president and chief executive officer of an umbrella group that includes the Iowa Family Policy Center, Marriage Matters and their political action committee.
Vander Plaats, of Sioux City, gives the new coalition of socially conservative groups a familiar face as it plans a more influential role in the caucus campaign than four years ago, including offering its endorsement for the first time.
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