State Senator Brad Zaun will have company in the Republican primary to represent Iowa's third Congressional district. Today David Young told the Des Moines Register that he is ending his U.S. Senate campaign to run in IA-03.
In an exclusive interview, Young said when he began pondering a run for elective office he had the 3rd in mind, assuming that Latham would run for the Senate seat opened by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's retirement in 2014.
Shifting to the Senate race made sense once Latham took himself out of that contest. As of September 30, Young had $124,052.27 cash on hand for his Senate campaign, which would go further in a Congressional district than in a statewide primary.
Meanwhile, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced today on Facebook, "I have received a lot of support and encouragement as I have considered becoming a candidate for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District. Next week, I will be making an important and exciting announcement about this race and my future plans to fight for Iowa." I'm no marketing guru, but I think it's more exciting to say what you're doing than to promise "an important and exciting annoucement" soon. I suppose the idea is to make the news twice instead of once. Zaun took the same approach.
I agree with John Deeth's preview of a forthcoming IA-03 Republican debate: "Mr. Schultz, explain your position on the farm bill. 'Voter ID.' Should we intervene in Syria? 'Voter ID.'"
State Senator Jack Whitver confirmed today that he will run for re-election in Iowa Senate district 19 rather than run for Congress in IA-03. Likewise, State Representative Chris Hagenow will pass on the Congressional race to seek re-election to House district 43 and as House majority whip. In a message to supporters, Hagenow wrote, "Serving in Washington D.C. at this time will not allow me to be the husband and father that I have promised to my family. After prayerful consideration, we believe that I can best serve the people of Iowa by continuing my work in the state legislature."