Saturday, January 26, 2013
That well known war hero Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has finally decided to call it a day.
Aside from shamelessly lying about his non-existent combat record, Harkin has been a reliable Left leaning supporter of things like abortion-on-demand, same sex marriage, the president's green energy scams, and amnesty for illegal aliens. In fairness, he's also been one of the relatively sane Democrat voices when it comes to foreign policy.
Harkin's next election would have come up in the 2014 midterms, but the 73-year-old incumbent decided enough was enough, so he's announced his retirement.
Iowa went for President Obama in 2008, but the turnout among Republicans and independents was fairly low, so it's pretty much anyone's ball game at this point.At present, th eDemocrats hold a slight majority in the Iowa State Senate, with the Republicans having a slight majority in the Iowa House.
On the Democrat side, Congressman Bruce Braley is expected to be the front runner, unless he decides to seek the governor's seat.If he goes after Harkin's seat, other challengers are likely to surface.
The GOP has two probable candidates, congressmen Tom Latham and Steve King, both of whom fought off stiff challenges brought about by redistricting.Since Latham is more acceptable to the GOP establishment while King is a Tea Party favorite, there could be a stiff primary battle if both of them decide to run.