Reynolds holds 2014 options open

2013-04-15T10:42:00Z 2013-09-18T13:00:29Z Reynolds holds 2014 options openBy ROD BOSHART, Lee-Gazette Des Moines Bureau Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

DES MOINES --- Don’t scratch Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ name from the Republican list of possible candidates for Iowa’s U.S. Senate race in 2014, regardless of what GOP operative Doug Gross might say.

Gross -- a former top aide to Gov. Terry Branstad, party leader and candidate for governor in 2002 – expressed skepticism to a statewide television audience last week that Reynolds, U.S. Rep. Steve King of Kiron or Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey of Spirit Lake would seek the nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Tom Harkin. The Cumming Democrat has announced he won’t seek re-election in 2014.

“Doug Gross makes a lot of predictions. That’s just what Doug Gross does. I haven’t had a conversation with Doug or told him any of my intentions moving forward,” Reynolds told a Statehouse news conference Monday.

“I’m still talking to people and doing some research,” she added. “My goodness, the deadline’s not until March 2014, so we have some time yet to make that decision.”

Reynolds, a former county treasurer and state senator, told reporters that she loves public service and she loves the position she currently has in state government. She added that she believes the Branstad administration has a strong story to tell going forward and “I love telling it in whatever capacity.”

Reynolds said Iowa Republicans are taking steps to make sure the party fields “the very best candidate” who can wage a successful campaign for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat next year.

For their part, Iowa Democrats appear to be settled on 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo attorney serving his fourth-term, as their choice to seek Harkin’s open seat in 2014.

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  1. JD Kinnick
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    JD Kinnick - April 22, 2013 2:11 pm
    After Harkin;s "reign of terror", nearly anyone would be a vast inprovement. Ole Tom was bought and paid for by the unions...
  2. unigrad2008
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    unigrad2008 - April 16, 2013 6:00 am
    Well competition is a good thing Rush, it'll be Reynolds verses King!
  3. London
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    London - April 15, 2013 7:59 pm
    Reynolds hasn't shown an ounce of leadership ability. Why would she even stay in politics?
  4. reojoe
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    reojoe - April 15, 2013 5:56 pm
    Exactly, rjs! It worked so well for our Commander in Chief, and it worked so well for Willard MItt Romney, darling of the "tea party" with his 47% comments that it is, indeed, a sure fire winner for all future elections!

    You are PERFECTLY on track by painting black folks and the poor as receiving handouts. Keep up the good work! ;)
  5. rjs
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    rjs - April 15, 2013 4:03 pm
    That tactic seems to have worked pretty well for the current POTUS in the last two elections.
  6. reojoe
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    reojoe - April 15, 2013 3:34 pm
    Keep selling that class warfare, the poor are cheats, bill of goods! It's a sure fire way to get yourselves elected into office!

    Keep up the good work! ;)
  7. rjs
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    rjs - April 15, 2013 2:33 pm
    My post should have said handing not hading.
  8. rjs
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    rjs - April 15, 2013 2:31 pm
    Come on reojoe, you know we need Santa Claus' little Elf Braley in there hading out presents to everyone!!
  9. reojoe
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    reojoe - April 15, 2013 12:02 pm
    No! King is the man to lead us to victory!
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