The week before the election CUPVF targeted 250,000 Iowan voters urging them to vote no on the retention of Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit. The call was made by former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. All three justices were not retained.
Mike Huckabee says the ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who in 2009 helped pave the way for same-sex marriage in the state shows that “people are sick to death of one branch of government thinking it is more powerful than the other two put together.”
The former Arkansas governor and likely 2012 GOP presidential hopeful praised the successful effort to defeat the three justices in retention elections during an interview with local Christian radio host Steve Deace.
Ahead of his appearance in Iowa Sunday to address a new conservative group headed by Bob Vander Plaats, Huckabee claimed the Founding Fathers intended for the judiciary to be less powerful than the other branches of government because it’s “less directly representative of the people.” Huckabee recorded a robocall to a quarter-million Iowans shortly before Election Day, encouraging voters to cast their votes against retaining the justices.