Tags: iowa | deace | run | senate

Iowa Conservative Radio Host Deace Mulls Senate Run

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 11:38 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Iowa radio host Steve Deace may run for Senate if Rep. Steve King chooses to stay in the House.

The race for the seat left open by the retirement of Democratic incumbent Tom Harkin is expected to be messy. The nationally syndicated commentator, who considers himself a “conservative blowtorch,” put Karl Rove and Republican Gov. Terry Branstad on notice Thursday that no candidate endorsed by the establishment will have an easy path to the nomination.

Rove's American Crossroads has targeted the race, with an executive comparing King to Missouri's Todd Akin.

A possible run by Deace heightens the chances of a nasty primary in a state the GOP must win if it has any realistic chance of taking control of the Senate next year.

“I think that it’s Steve King's time to take the next step,” Deace said in an interview with Politico.com.

“Him running is sort of necessary to show that Karl Rove cannot pick our candidate.
If King decides not to run, then I think it’s very important that someone who actually shares the principles that have made King so popular with conservatives across Iowa runs for that seat.

"That would not be anyone attached to Terry Branstad or Karl Rove,” Deace said.

Deace isn’t the only Iowan thinking about a possible Senate run.

After Republican congressman Tom Latham announced he would not run, Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said he is also considering a run.

Northey, who has been elected twice statewide, is considered one of the party’s most electable options.

He could be acceptable to the activist base and palatable to the establishment.

On a conference call from the Philippines Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Branstad favorite, told reporters that she “will take a serious look at it.”

All these impending decisions hinge on what King decides to do.

Those in the know expect him to make a run, especially with Latham sitting it out, but he said again this week that he’s still weighing his options.

One of the things that may dissuade King from committing to a Senate run is reluctance to give up his platform as the third-ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee for a race he knows will be tough to win.

Democrats have already gotten behind Rep. Bruce Braley.









© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rubio Showing Growing D.C. Donor Base

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 16:35 PM

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't brought in the most money of any potential 2016 presidential candidate during . . .

GOP Making Bold Play for US Senate Seat in Oregon

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 11:28 AM

The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elect . . .

Viguerie: Time for Tea Party to Take Back 'Hijacked' Republican Party

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:00 PM

Tea party conservatives who are angry at establishment Republicans for allowing the GOP to be hijacked need to "take o . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved