Skip to comments.Iowa Senator Tom Harkin will not seek reelection in 2014
Posted on 01/26/2013 9:01:21 AM PST by EternalVigilance
Credible sources are reporting this morning that Democrat U.S. Senator Tom Harkin will not seek reelection next year.
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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)isn’t running in 2014.
If you went out to find Senators who retired in the 1980s...I suspect most would say the current environment is toxic and stressful. In the 1930s and 1940s....if you were a Senator...you’d take most afternoons off in the summer and attend baseball games. You might have put twelve hours of work in...in a normal week. Today? You get dragged out to do interviews with various news media groups and I doubt if you get more than six hours of sleep a night during the week.
Cry me a river. These individuals who become senators are very wealthy and usually corrupt on many levels. Maybe they’ll work themselves to death and do all of us a favor.
Those Iowa boys got plenty of guns. Must be he doesn’t want to be blamed when the storm troopers start “live fire” exercises. He’s gonna go hide when TSHTF
Beat ya to the punch.
Dang. Didn’t show up in search.
Admin, could you remove this thread, please? It’s a dupe.
At a minimum, all Democrat office holders should be expected to leave public office when their age exceeds their IQ - I’m glad to see Harkin at least is observing that dictum.
It will be good riddance but however, how much worse will the replacement be if a democrat. Look at what was Ted Kennedy’s seat. Now Liz Warren, the fake American Indian who IMHO will be much more worse than Teddy boy.
FR has a search?
I used to use google + FreeRepublic + the article. That doesn’t work anymore either.
Best news of the day!
The Dem bench isn’t that deep here.
Dung Heap Harkin is leaving?
Miracles never cease!
Harkin, Rockerfeller, Levin and Chambis. A good start IMHO....
Who is the youngest yet most Tea party right state rep or state senator that we can get behind on FR right now, today? I’m in Texas and I am willing to send money today to a tea party candidate that an Iowa tea party recommends.
Lying bag of pig squeeze.
Damned good thing...the effin RINO
I just looked on the IOWA GOP site and US Rep Steve King looks pretty good, comments?
With Harkin’s announcement this morning, the political ground in the state is shifting 87 different ways. Lots of folks weighing their options, I assure you.
We’re talking to a number of people today.
There are already whispers about questionable fund-raising for the Harkin Institute they are setting up at Iowa State.
As for Tom, I imagine he started a folksy anecdote and got stuck in an endless loop and couldn't get out of it, and figured it was time to leave the Senate.
But will he leave Washington, or stick around and go into lobbying?
” US Rep Steve King looks pretty good”
Yep he’s good, but not the right guy to run for Senate here.
Why not, read his bio, seen him on Fox. Seems right of center and pro life.
So far that’s Ds Harkin and Rockefeller and Chambliss for the Rs?
Who is the youngest yet most Tea party right state rep or state senator that we can get behind on FR right now, today? Im in Texas and I am willing to send money today to a tea party candidate that an Iowa tea party recommends.
Lots of us would be willing to support good candidates. We just need to be sure we “vet” them thoroughly first.
I say this as one who supported Mourdock enthusiastically and then Akin (reluctantly, after Sarah Steelman lost in the primary). We definitely do NOT need any candidates who will self-destruct and say STUPID things—as these two did.
Oh I know Steve very well, not personally, but very familiar with him.
We need to keep in the House.He is in a very conservative district in NW Iowa. The rest of the state is not that way.
There are others that would have a better chance of carrying the whole state in my opinion.
But his name will come up; and there will be a lot of discussion about it.
The other Republican Congressman, Tom Latham, has a better record of electoral success in Iowa.
Steve King is just waiting to be Palinized, Mourdocked and Akined by the partisan MSM.
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz is a rising star.
Apparently, sitting eternally on top of the federal treasury has finally made him rich enough to stand on his own until death.
Too bad for our nation that he ever sought election to any political office in the first place.
Iowa, please don’t do that to us again.
What about the gopher?
Iowa, please dont do that to us again.
At best Iowa is a 50/50 state as to what you’ll get. The state has gone democrat in five of the last six presidential elections. Bush won in 04 to breakup the run. The US Senators are split, one and one, the House delegation is split 2 each, the state house has maybe three more repubs with the state senate up a couple of dems. It most likely would come down to who has the most appeal be it a dem or rep. Then throw a 3rd or 4th party into the mix and who knows what you’ll get.
Fred Grandy endorsed Newt Gingrich before the Iowa caucuses. Lobbyist and commentator in D.C. He actually has been spoken of as a Republican candidate for governor in Iowa (to succeed Branstad). Unlikely he’d return to Iowa, but he might actually win.
Elect a conservative!
Harkin is both old and worthless, and he has been that way for a long time.
Good. Harkin is one nasty POS. Remember him shouting “Bullshit!” at President Bush?
It’s always good news when a tornado disapperars into the sky...but then you have to clean up the mess.
Jeff Patch has done some extremely in-depth reporting on Harkin’s shenanigans. I have no idea if that is a factor is Harkin’s retirement but it couldn’t have done Harkin any good. theiowarepublican.com
That never fails to mystify me, but I believe you're right. One of my sisters went to U of Iowa in the 60s. I love my sister, but to be honest? I don't think she'll ever recover from either one. Grandpa was right about Iowa City.
I know Tom Harkin personally and have visited him in his little beach cottage at Elbow Cay in the Bahamas. He seemed to be one of those professional pols who had a fine ear for his constituents in Iowa and could therefore inoculate himself from criticism and political defeat. This allowed him to behave in a way that was 180 degrees out from the nature of the people of Iowa, even considering the odd pacifist strain that runs through the state. Good to see him go.