A day after the Democratic sweep of the midterm elections, Woodbury County Republican Chairman Steve Salem had harsh words for his own party, lambasting the influence of the conservative Christian right wing. Salem said he coined a new phase: "You've heard of IslamaFascists -- I think we now have Christian fascists. What is the definition of a fascist? Not only do they want to beat you, but they want to destroy you in the process."
Obviously, that's not the academic definition of a fascist, but (just as obviously) that's beside the point!
The northwestern corner of Iowa is seriously red territory. (I went to college there.) So, I think this is an interesting development. One might argue that the speaker's "just" a county chair, but he's county chair in an area that's not only strongly Republican, but also is where there are many, many churches affiliated with Calvinist traditions (Dutch Reformed in particular) of mixing religious and civic law and activities.