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Mark Everson Joins GOP Field, Sets Up Iowa Campaign Office

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IRS Commissioner Mark Everson. (Michael Kleinfeld/UPI/Landov)

By    |   Friday, 10 Apr 2015 12:07 PM

His early name recognition may be low among even GOP insiders, but Mark Everson has distinguished his nascent 2016 White House bid by becoming the first Republican candidate to set up a presidential campaign office in Iowa, the Daily Caller reports.

Everson, 60, served as IRS commissioner under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2007. Everson, who released a video last month declaring his intention to run, is quietly diving into what is certain to be a crowded and powerful 2016 primary field.

He responded to queries about his new office in a statement, the Daily Caller said: "I respect Iowa's traditional role of both surfacing talent and thinning the presidential field. This election will be won by talking to the people of Iowa in farmhouses and neighborhood grocery stores, not by pandering to multimillionaire campaign donors on Wall Street."

The Washington Post describes Everson's entry into the race as hitting that middle ground — "people who seem to actually think they might be able to somehow pull off the miracle that every first-grader is told is possible and every high school freshman realizes isn't: That they might be able to get elected despite no one ever having heard of them."

The Daily Caller called Everson, a Yale graduate who served in the Reagan administration and also the cabinet of former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a "fringe candidate."

He does have executive-level experience, serving as deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and briefly in 2007 as the president and CEO of the American Red Cross.

That role, however, ended in scandal after it was revealed that the then-married Everson had an affair with a subordinate Red Cross manager, CNN said.

In his 16-page "Letter to America," Everson took on his issues publicly, discussing a "past extramarital affair, divorce and an abortion of his unborn child," Business Insider noted.

"My marriage failed. It was entirely my fault. I am not proud of the job I did as a husband. And like many Americans, my youngest child's mother and I were not married when he was born," he wrote, later adding in a video posted to YouTube, that "I've made mistakes but at 60, I'm wiser and humbler than I once was."

Bouncing back, he has quietly jumped into the GOP race as one of three announced candidates that includes Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

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