Four-time Iowa Governor Terry Branstad wants a fifth term in office. Sources close to Branstad tell me he will announce his plans for the future during a speech at Des Moines University Friday at noon. The news comes hardly as a surprise as this week Iowa Republican Party Executive Director Jeff Boeyink announced he was quitting the party to head up the 2010 Terry Branstad Committee, Branstad's organizational wing of his campaign efforts. Sandy Greiner, a former Republican lawmaker, led a group called "Draft Branstad". Yesterday, she sent out a message yesterday to supporters of her efforts that said the group would disband because of "mission accomplished". The group changed its efforts to NextGen PAC.
Branstad is currently the president of Des Moines University. Wednesday night, he lead a dinner at Prairie Meadows Racetracack & Casino in Altoona to benefit a minority scholarship fund for DMU students in health sciences. Branstad thanked the audience for what he said was a record night for the dinner. Approximately 600 people attended. Branstad did not discuss his plans to run for governor. A source close to him said he wanted the night to be about the scholarships and not his political future.