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Christie Vilsack likely to take on Steve King ‘It will be a holy war’
Politico ^ | April 18, 2011 | Alex Isenstadt

Posted on 04/19/2011 12:11:27 PM PDT by iowamark

Christie Vilsack, the wife of Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, is likely to challenge GOP Rep. Steve King, according to several sources familiar with her thinking.

Vilsack has been considering a congressional bid for months, but two Democrats with knowledge of the former Iowa first lady’s planning say she has narrowed her options in recent days, zeroing in on King, an outspoken conservative who is a nationwide favorite of tea party activists.

Party leaders have given Vilsack their blessing to run against King, with one knowledgeable Democratic source telling POLITICO that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel told Vilsack last week during a meeting at the committee’s Capitol Hill offices that he would pledge to support her if she challenges the congressman.

An Iowa Democrat familiar with Vilsack’s planning said she is mulling a move to Ames, Iowa, which would place her in the newly drawn 4th district that King occupies.

Dusky Terry, a Vilsack adviser, declined to comment on the former Iowa first lady’s thinking, writing in an e-mail: “Sorry, I do not have any details to provide.”

Vilsack has been open about her interest in running for the House seat. Earlier this year, she stepped down from a nonprofit organization she formed, which is aimed at preventing unplanned pregnancies, to explore a bid. She’s also been huddling with several Democratic operatives to plot a potential campaign, including veteran media consultant John Lapp and Teresa Vilmain, who headed up Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary campaign in the state.

Vilmain would not comment on Vilsack’s interest in running against King in a brief e-mail exchange on Sunday.

Last week, Vilsack was a featured guest at an annual gala for the Women’s Campaign Forum, an organization that backs female candidates who support abortion rights. Appearing at the event alongside Vilsack was Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is running for Senate.

Vilsack had been weighing the possibility of running against a Democratic incumbent in a primary — against either Rep. Dave Loebsack or Rep. Leonard Boswell — but waging a campaign against King instead would allow her to rally the party against a lightning-rod conservative and avoid a contentious and potentially bloody intraparty battle.

Vilsack considered challenging Loebsack, a three-term congressman who will run for a newly drawn southeastern Iowa district that includes the Mount Pleasant area where Vilsack has owned a home.

But that plan was resistedby party leaders. During their meeting last week, Israel told Vilsack in no uncertain terms that he would unequivocally back Loebsack should she decide to run against him.

Vilsack is also widely rumored as a potential challenger to Boswell, but in March, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi traveled to Des Moines to appear with Boswell at a fundraiser — a move that was viewed as a signal of her support for the veteran congressman.

The scrutiny surrounding Vilsack’s future comes as Iowa lawmakers finalize a new congressional map that will shrink the state’s House delegation from five seats to four. The Legislature approved a new map last week and sent it to GOP Gov. Terry Branstad, who told local reporters Friday that he will sign the plan into law.

Even before the map passed, Vilsack had expressed interest in running against King.

Jan Bauer, chairwoman of the Story County Democratic Party in Ames, said she spoke with the former first lady several weeks ago and that Vilsack raised the possibility of challenging the conservative congressman.

“I’d be surprised if she doesn’t do it,” Bauer said in an interview.

Strategists from both parties said a race between King and Vilsack would be competitive, with King likely to tap into a vein of grass-roots support in an effort to fight off Vilsack, a well-known figure who is also highly regarded for her political acumen. King, a five-term congressman, filed reports with the Federal Election Commission on Friday indicating that he has $142,000 in his campaign bank account and that he raised $41,000 during the first quarter.

A King spokesman did not respond to an e-mail, but the congressman released a statement last week saying he will run for reelection.

The Legislature’s passage of the new map has already set in motion a dramatic reshuffling of the congressional delegation. GOP Rep. Tom Latham, who had been drawn into the same northwestern Iowa-based district as King, announced Friday that he will move to run against Boswell in a seat covering southwestern Iowa. Loebsack announced that he will move to Iowa City’s Johnson County to run in the newly formed 2nd district — thus avoiding a showdown with Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: steveking
‘It will be a holy war,’ says Tom Vilsack of Christie’s possible Congressional bid

Ms. Vilsack managed Hilary Clinton's 2008 Iowa Caucus campaign, in which she finished 3rd to Obama and John Edwards.

1 posted on 04/19/2011 12:11:29 PM PDT by iowamark
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2 posted on 04/19/2011 12:12:47 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark; PJ-Comix

Maybe she can wear the bear


3 posted on 04/19/2011 12:13:41 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Of course Laz would hit it!)
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To: iowamark

“....according to several sources familiar with her thinking...” Sounds like she is under the care of several psychiatrists.


4 posted on 04/19/2011 12:14:36 PM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: iowamark

5 posted on 04/19/2011 12:16:12 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: iowamark

The redistricting is a done deal - Branstad signed it today.


6 posted on 04/19/2011 12:17:23 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

What does the redistricting mean? Does that benefit King or Vilsack?


7 posted on 04/19/2011 12:20:56 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: woweeitsme

The new Iowa 4th District will have a Republican edge in voter registration; and most of the counties going into the 4th District are currently in Latham’s - so while not a cake-walk for King - he’ll have to fight, because the ‘Rats & their union minions will fight hard, dirty, and for keeps.


8 posted on 04/19/2011 12:26:33 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: woweeitsme

In my opinion, this district will be more difficult for King than his current district, however, I think he can win. Sadly for us, being from SW Iowa, we’ve gone from having Steve as our rep to Leonard Boswell. Steve is very popular in SW Iowa. His new district does have Ames (a college town), however, it is far more conservative than U of I in Iowa City - but it is a college town.


9 posted on 04/19/2011 12:28:13 PM PDT by drjulie
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To: drjulie

I’m in 4 and will support King over nutsack big time. I hope you guys in SW Iowa are able to dump Boswell. I think it is time for the old bas*ard to retire. Way past due if you ask me.


10 posted on 04/19/2011 12:32:05 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
Does someone have a link to the new map that is detailed as far as boundaries?
11 posted on 04/19/2011 12:34:46 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

http://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/Resources/Redist/2011/2011-03-31/Plan1_SmallMap_Color_Congress.pdf

And the whole kit & caboodle is here: http://www.legis.iowa.gov/Resources/Redist/redistricting.aspx


12 posted on 04/19/2011 12:42:39 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: RickB444

We’ll do our best. I completely agree that he needs to retire. The difficulty will be Polk county. I hear that Boswell is already starting his “push polling” and dirty politics up there. I watched a you tube video of him in his last campaign trying to defend cap and trade. He had no idea what he was talking about. It was so pathetic.


13 posted on 04/19/2011 12:45:14 PM PDT by drjulie
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To: iowamark

In a totally unrelated post, I highly recommend the book “Holy War” by John Bunyan.


14 posted on 04/19/2011 12:48:24 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: iowamark

Wow. She looks like fun on a date.


15 posted on 04/19/2011 12:49:40 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: HereInTheHeartland

16 posted on 04/19/2011 12:52:08 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
Christie Vilsack, the wife of Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack

Well I guess the aged Christie has been on the public dole for a few decades now, sucking up taxpayer dollars, making political contacts, kissing the asses of the lobbyists and getting on her knees for the press, all while dangling from her husband's coattails. Why not take a swing a King and sling some mud? She's the new Hillary!

17 posted on 04/19/2011 12:56:23 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: iowamark

So it looks like they are splitting things right on county lines this time?
Right now the DSM metro is split differently


18 posted on 04/19/2011 1:02:55 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: Keith in Iowa; iowamark

Thanks for the info


19 posted on 04/19/2011 1:08:07 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

>>>So it looks like they are splitting things right on county lines this time?

Not for US Congress - those are, and have had to be full counties.


20 posted on 04/19/2011 1:15:49 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: JRios1968

Game On!!!


21 posted on 04/19/2011 1:37:06 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Vilsack is the perfect democRat candidate, as her number one qualification is she sleeps with another dem politico. King’s district is the most republican in the state and he will crush Vilsack like a bug.


22 posted on 04/19/2011 1:46:22 PM PDT by Deep Hoop (AMDG)
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To: iowamark

I still see King winning it 55-45 at least. She’s not going to resonate in NW Iowa.


23 posted on 04/19/2011 8:49:13 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Free Vulcan

Agreed. NW Iowa is very conservative. Her chances are slim to none in my opinion. King will eat her alive in a campaign.


24 posted on 04/19/2011 9:39:20 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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