Iowa’s GOP Rep. Steve King will not be running for the U.S. Senate, because, says he, he wants to focus on legislation in the House rather than spending time campaigning. He must feel that all those House recesses give him enough time to ask for plenty of donations and share his obnoxious extremist drivel, so who needs to move on up and exert all that effort when there’s a majority in the House who see things his way?
Dem Senator Tom Harkin won’t be running for re-election, and Republicans don’t have a candidate yet.
Just for fun, here is a walk down TPC’s Steve King Memory Lane:
Wouldn’t he have made a swell U.S. Senator? After all, he’s such a stellar Congress member now! No? Does this mean you’re not disappointed? Hey, me neither!
CNN has King’s full statement. Here are some excerpts:
I have said from the beginning this decision requires “the head, the gut, and the heart” to line up together. I have done due diligence and evaluated the race from a statewide, objective perspective. I have talked with hundreds of supporters…and some detractors. [...]
My analytical part, the head, tells me the race is winnable and must be won in 2014 or a generational opportunity could be lost. I have said a race for the Senate is “a slight up hill battle”. It is, but it’s “no hill for a climber”.
The question I am answering today is, “What is my duty?” I believe my duty is to utilize the honor of serving Iowans in Congress by maximizing my effectiveness. I owe it to all Iowans and Americans to give you my best effort and best judgment.
We have in front of us in Congress a series of potent issues which will redirect the destiny of our state and nation. Among them are a farm bill, ObamaCare, debt and deficit, immigration, and tax reform. If I step away from these responsibilities while campaigning in an effort to multiply leverage in the Senate, what becomes of our nation in the mean time?
This week, I made a simple device to put toothpaste back in the tube. But a device to put the Leftist genie back in the bottle is not so simple. The best tool we have now is the majority in the U.S. House which functions mostly to keep the Leftist genie in the bottle. I cannot, in good conscience, turn my back on the destiny decisions of Congress today in order to direct all my efforts to a Senate race for next year, while hoping to gain the leverage to put the genie back in the bottle in 2015. [...]
Accordingly, I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2014. … I anticipate being on the ballot for reelection to the U.S. House, Fourth District of Iowa.
If you’re still laughing at “my best effort and best judgment,” “if I step away… what becomes of our nation?” and “put the Leftist genie back in the bottle,” you’re not alone.