Iowa Senator Dem Tom Harkin Will Not Run For Re-Election – Now Able To Support Gun Ban…

There is no more dangerous time in the professional life of a politician as that time between when he/she announces they will not seek re-election, and the time they actually leave.    They have nothing to lose by compromising the principle requests of the constituency.

WASHINGTON DC - Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin announced on Saturday that he will not seek a sixth term in the chamber. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

“After 40 years, I just feel it’s somebody else’s turn,” Harkin said in a lengthy statement. “I don’t by any means plan to retire completely from public life at the end of this Congress. But I am going to make way for someone new in this Senate seat. I think that is right not just for me, but for Iowa, as well.”

Harkin, who is 73 years old, serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as well as the Appropriations subcommittee that handles the budgets for many of the same agencies. He passed up a chance to become chairman of the full Appropriations Committee after the death of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, late last year.

Harkin’s retirement sets off what is expected to be a highly competitive open-seat race in the swing state — one that is likely to feature two or more House members. Rep. Bruce Braley, who was exploring a run for governor, now tops the list of possible Democratic Senate candidates. Meanwhile, Republicans await word from two House members, Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham, on whether they will pursue the open seat.  (read more)

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3 Responses to Iowa Senator Dem Tom Harkin Will Not Run For Re-Election – Now Able To Support Gun Ban…

  1. mrsgeosqt says:

    You’ve got an email…and a donation! Keep up the GREAT work.

  2. AdukeLAXobserver says:

    Harkin voted for the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, that contained the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Don’t see how him not running for reelection changes anything. Once a gun grabber always a gun grabber.

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