Does Steve King want to run for Governor of Iowa in 2010? It sounds like a "maybe". King told me he "is looking at it." He said "that whatever duty calls, that's what I will do. But I've made no decision yet. I go to bed at night without it on my mind. And I get up in the morning and it's not always on my mind when I wake up."
It's not always on his mind. Hmmm. King said Culver has to take the blame (as the head of the state) for the state spending way too much money since he took over and for signing that smoking ban. King isn't a big fan and thinks it's an unfair law since it sets different standards for different businesses. He also told me Iowa could become a "weekend Mecca for same sex marriages" for people everywhere if the Iowa legislature doesn't pre-empt a possible Iowa Supreme Court ruling that would allow gays and lesbians to marry in our state.
The only person I've heard who is also likely, if not definitely, planning on running for governor is Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats. He has already tried twice before. But as they say, the third time is the charm.
What do the Dems think of a King vs. Culver matchup?
"Steve King has shown once again that he is willing to put his concerns for his political future ahead of the concerns of the people of the 5th District.
While the people of Western Iowa are faced with record gas prices and skyrocketing health care costs, King has turned his back on them to focus on his own political ambitions.
Steve King’s record shows he has failed to deliver for Iowa families and our rural communities. Voters in the 5th District will send King a strong message this November, when they send Rob Hubler to Congress."
-Scott Brennan, Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party
I feel obligated to note...in all fairness to Steve King, I did ask him about whether he wanted to run for governor. He didn't come to me to tell me what he was thinking.