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Tom Latham passes on Iowa Senate run
Politico ^ | 2/27/13 | James Hohmann

Posted on 02/27/2013 12:55:39 PM PST by cotton1706

Republican Rep. Tom Latham announced Wednesday he will not run for the open Senate seat in Iowa, paving the way for conservative Steve King to be the nominee if he gets into the race.

“The opportunity to serve Iowa in the U.S. Senate is appealing to this farm kid who grew up here, raised a family here, and helped grow a family business in Iowa,” Latham wrote in an email to supporters.

“However, only 56 days ago I took an oath to ‘faithfully discharge the duties’ of an office with which the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District entrusted to me,” he added. “I cannot in good conscience launch a two-year statewide campaign that will detract from the commitment I made to the people who elected me, at a time when our nation desperately needs less campaigning and more leadership.”

Latham, a close ally of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), had the backing of many establishment leaders. Gov. Terry Branstad (R), for example, said over the weekend that Latham would be a stronger candidate.

Even if King runs, he could still face a challenge from one of several Republicans still interested in the race.

American Crossroads President Steven Law faced blowback from the right when he told the New York Times early this month that he was concerned about King’s “Todd Akin problem” and suggested King might be an early target of a new “Conservative Victory Project.”

Rep. Bruce Braley, who represents northeastern Iowa, seems to have cleared the field on the Democratic side. Sen. Tom Harkin (D) said last month that he will not seek a sixth term.


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Hopefully, Steve King will run!
1 posted on 02/27/2013 12:55:43 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Karl Rove is political suicide

The liberal MSM, Fox News, and Sean Hannity try to spin otherwise....but Karl Rove and his attack on conservatives is already seeing major blowback

Steve King should run...he will win. No one will have a strong grass roots organization behind him


2 posted on 02/27/2013 2:42:55 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: cotton1706; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Perdogg; randita

Looks like King will be the nominee.

He has not announced but it is thought to be almost certain that he’ll run.

I sure hope he can win.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 10:01:27 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

I read an article somewhere that IA liberals are rooting for King to be GOP candidate. They think he’s too extreme. Like Harkin’s NOT extreme-LOL.

They can’t wait to tar him with the Tea Party label and trip him up in rape questions.

I hope King is savvy enough to avoid the traps.


4 posted on 03/01/2013 5:10:30 AM PST by randita
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To: Impy

I hope he runs and wins too. And I think he can. Let’s rack up some more real conservative victories.


5 posted on 03/01/2013 8:20:04 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: randita; cotton1706; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

I certainly don’t think he can’t win but he absolutely can’t afford any slip ups. And he needs to full support of the state’s establishment leaders Branstead and Grassley.


6 posted on 03/03/2013 8:44:43 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: cotton1706

That guy Penn left a hit TV show to go work for Obama so I would not be shocked at all if they had a sexual relationship.


7 posted on 03/03/2013 9:30:41 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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