Earlier this week, we here at National Journal broke big news. A 300-lb. steel sign etched with Mitt Romney's name and campaign motto was being offered, for free, on Craigslist. For free! It was collecting dust in a former campaign office, must to the irritation of the landlord. But now we can report that the sign has found a home.
According to the seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, more than 100 people responded to the ad. But Don McDowell, a 27-year-old Republican political operative and veteran staffer of the Iowa State Senate was the lucky winner.
"The sign is 100 percent in my possession -- the sign is mine," McDowell, a resident of West Des Moines, tells me over the phone with a satisfied chuckle.
McDowell says he has a large collection of campaign memorabilia, buttons, posters, and books, (most of which is stored in his parents' house in Archer, Iowa. "God Bless them"¦ I'm sure they love to get rid of it but for now it's fine.") However, the sign will remain, for now, in his garage in West Des Moines until he can find a better location for it.
"I've been a collector of memorabilia for years," he says, adding an assurance that the piece will be preserved for the ages. "I'm going to, for now, keep it. If I give it away I'll give it to a museum or something."