To swipe a phrase from David Yepsen, we’re having a week of “great mentions and trial balloons.”
According to a report this week posted at BuzzFeed, tucked between some really awesome cat videos and a timely feature asking “Who Were the Sexiest U.S. Presidents?,” it seems that Bob Vander Plaats may be preparing for another statewide campaign in Iowa.
According to the site, the “key social conservative powerbroker” will start mulling a possible U.S. Senate run in October.
Dave Barnett, a spokesman for Vander Plaats, tells The Hill the social conservative leader is waiting for a Federal Elections Commission fundraising report in mid-October and will decide no later than Jan. 1 if he will run.
“He’s definitely putting off looking at that decision until Oct. 15, and after that he’ll start to consider looking at that option if it’s a feasible move,” said Barnett, communications director for The Family Leader, the Iowa evangelical group run by Vander Plaats.
“He’ll have a decision, one way or the other, by Jan. 1. … He is constantly being approached and pressed by people across Iowa and outside Iowa encouraging him to run.”
I assume one of those people is Bruce Braley. He’s a master of disguise.
So we’ll find out in Octoberplaats, or Vandervember or on Bobmas Eve. At some point, a decision will come. I’m sort of skeptical he’ll jump in, but who knows?
It’s true, he’s thrice a gubernatorial loser, twice in the GOP primary, once as second fiddle on a losing Republican general election ticket. But a crowded, little-known Republican Senate primary field, potentially headed toward a chaotic convention clash, just might be his best chance to lose a general election in his own right. Dare to dream.
Meanwhile, in our very own First Congressional District, former Secretary of State Paul Pate is “likley” to join the race for the GOP nomination, according to Kevin Hall at The Iowa Republican.com:
Pate brings the highest name ID of any candidate, Republican or Democrat, into the race. Along with holding statewide office, he is a former state senator and served as the mayor of Cedar Rapids for two terms.
“I’m not seeing any of the Republican candidates running for congress in our district getting any traction and that does concern me,” Pate told TheIowaRepublican.com. “They’re very nice people and I probably don’t differ a lot with them on many of the issues, but they just don’t seem to have the traction and obviously we can’t afford to let this go into the democrat ranks. That’s what has drawn me into this.”
Rod Blum and Steve Rathje are already in the race, running, apparently, on bald tires, according to Pate.
Pate, Rogers and Schulte would be formidable contenders. Unfortunately, they have, in the past, aided and abetted some actual governing. Have they, or have they not, ever associated or collaborated with members of the Democratic Party? They may try to deny it, but the answer is undoubtedly yes.
At this point in history, that could be a deal breaker in a primary. Blum is certain to dub them each a “compromiser.” Shudder.