Washington, DC — A Republican Congressman mentioned as a possible candidate for the U-S Senate says he is not going to run. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, has announced he will not seek the U-S Senate seat being left open in 2014 by the retirement of Democrat Tom Harkin.
In an e-mail to supporters, the Republican Latham said “The opportunity to serve Iowa in the U.S. Senate is appealing to this farm kid who grew up here, raised a family here, and helped grow a family business in Iowa. I love Iowa. However, only 56 days ago I took an oath to “faithfully discharge the duties” of an office with which the people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District entrusted to me. I cannot in good conscience launch a two-year statewide campaign that will detract from the commitment I made to the people who elected me, at a time when our nation desperately needs less campaigning and more leadership.”
Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo has announced he will seek the Senate seat. Fourth District Republican Congressman Steve King who represents most of northern and western Iowa has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but has not said if he will run. King has been mentioned by a new GOP group formed to help the party nominate strong Senate candidates as an example of someone who would have a tough time winning statewide.
Radio Iowa assisted with this story.