Former Iowa Governor Chet Culver has been talking to close associates about a possible 2014 campaign to get his old job back. Sunday morning, his former running mate, Patty Judge, told Dave Price on Channel 13’s “The Insiders” she isn’t part of that effort and doesn’t want to run with Culver again. Republican Terry Branstad, a former four-term governor, beat Culver two years ago to reclaim his old job.
Judge said she hasn’t talked to Culver about his plans for the future but said she isn’t interested in running again with or without Culver and thinks there are “a lot” of other Iowa Democrats who will be interested in running for governor. Judge, while saying nothing negative about a possible Culver comeback attempt, also said a gubernatorial primary would be good for her party.
Judge also believe a recent email from Senator Tom Harkin to supporters signals he will run again for re-election in 2014.
Here is the email:
If there is one message I’m taking away from the 2012 elections, it’s this: Get ready early.
2012 showed us that we must expect a deluge of outside spending from exactly the same right-wing special interests that are trying to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid right now in Washington. But it also showed us that, if we start early and get organized, their deep pockets are no match for our grassroots strength.
That’s why today I’m laying the groundwork for 2014 by launching a $25,000 New Year’s fundraising goal — and I need your support.
In Washington, House Republicans continue to offer proposals that would protect the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class. I’m fighting back — every day, as hard as I can — because I believe our country does best when it puts the middle class first. I’ll never stop, because it’s the right thing to do.
But it also makes me someone the special interests in this country would love to send into early retirement.
They’re already looking to see where they should focus their efforts in 2014. We need to show them that we will not be an easy target.
Monday’s end-of-year fundraising deadline is our first big opportunity to show that our grassroots supporters like you will be ready for anything in 2014.
By starting strong out of the gate, we can build the early grassroots movement we need to face down outside spending.
Thank you for helping us make that early investment by contributing before midnight on Monday.
Former Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s Iowa Senior Adviser David Kochel named western Iowa Congressman Steve King as a possible opponent for Harkin in 2014.