State Senator Brad Zaun announced today that he will not run for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2014 (hat tip to WHO-TV’s Dave Price).
Price posted a Facebook status update from Zaun today:
To all my friends: After much consideration on a potential run for US Senate and believing that there is true benefits from being the first candidate to announce. As you might know I had been working with David Polansky/Ed Rollins, we were preparing to announce next week. The website was being reworked, contracts were sent from a DC attorney who was going to set up the FEC requirements, this potential campaign was going to be run efficiently and by the Pros! Well for the first time in the last 17 years I decided I am putting my family and my Grapnel Tech business before public service. My son Greyson will be a senior next year and Devon will be a sophomore, and Drew will be transferring to U of Iowa to play football. As you can see I have just too much to miss!
Zaun would have become acquainted with Polyansky and Rollins while stumping for presidential candidate Michele Bachmann around Iowa. Polyansky and Rollins were senior officials in the Bachmann campaign until September 2011. Zaun stuck with Bachmann to the end and introduced her to the crowd at her Iowa caucus night party in 2012.
I was never a believer in Zaun’s prospects to win the GOP nomination. He’s not a fundraiser despite representing one of Iowa’s most wealthy Senate districts, and how do you not beat Leonard Boswell the year House Democrats lost more than 50 seats?
Still, Zaun has been angling for higher office. Perhaps he will take a crack at the U.S. Senate in 2016 if Chuck Grassley retires. But he’d have to choose between that race and his Iowa Senate seat, because he’s up for re-election himself in 2016.
Any comments about the Senate race are welcome in this thread. Bonus points for anyone who can answer Timothy Noah’s excellent question: Why do candidates hire Ed Rollins?