Iowa First District Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley will raise speculation another level after he released a statement Sunday morning about a possible run to fill Senator Tom Harkin’s seat in 2014. Harkin surprised many in both parties Saturday when he announced he will not seek a sixth term in the senate in 2014. Braley has previously expressed interested in both Harkin’s seat and running for governor against Republican Governor Terry Branstad in 2014.
Here’s Braley’s statement about a senate candidacy:
“Over the past 24 hours, I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and support from Iowans in every corner of the state urging me to consider a campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Iowans deserve a Senator who will continue Tom Harkin’s legacy of strengthening the middle class and standing up for Iowans who don’t have a voice. While Senator Harkin’s shoes are impossible to fill, over the coming days my family and I will carefully weigh a possible candidacy for Senate.”