“They called me the other night and said I’d be a precinct captain,” she said as she stood in snow flurries waiting to enter a Trump rally. The job entails calling other potential Trump supporters in Marshall County to remind them to turn out Monday night at 7 p.m. Of course, to do that she needs names and phone numbers—which, as of earlier this week, she still had not received.
“I’ve asked for a list, and there’s only a few days left, so I hope it’s soon,” she said.
And therein lies the central mystery of the developer-turned-reality-TV-star’s unorthodox campaign: Is precinct captain Matney’s inability to get basic campaign data the exception? Or the rule? And, with a candidate who has relied on his ability to hijack “earned media” coverage with outrageous remarks, does it even matter? Even the experts admit they don’t know.
“Anyone who is being honest with you will tell you that they have no earthly idea of what’s going to happen caucus night,” said Matt Strawn, a former chairman of the Iowa Republican Party.