Thursday, July 02, 2009

Behn Playing It By Ear in Race for Governor

We called it a "Republican Roundup" on my Internet radio show "Purple Matters" (that's a lot of "quotation marks" in one sentence, huh?) We had six possible candidates for the Republican nomination for governor next year in Iowa. Sioux City Rep. Chris Rants, Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats, Carroll Rep. Rod Roberts, Cedar Rapids economist Christian Fong, Boone Senator Jerry Behn and Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey all joined us. Chariton Senator Paul McKinley, Ankeny businessman Jeff Lamberti and Western Iowa Congress Steve King all cited scheduling conflicts, so they couldn't take part.

What did we find out?

Jerry Behn--NOT NEARLY IN. Behn said he is out talking to people "checking support". He doesn't have a timetable, he said, to decide whether to run. He said he is "playing it by ear". Behn said he wants to see if he has support elsewhere in the state as he says he does in his home area of Boone.

Behn talked to us on the road in Waukee. Here is his full interview on "Purple Matters" on

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