If the "Architect" is trying to build a case to push Iowa Fourth District Congressman Steve King away from running for the U.S. Senate, his recent efforts may actually be having the opposite effect, according to King. Former President George W Bush's point man, Karl Rove, recently started a superPAC called the Conservative Victory Project that targets King and potential Kentucky Democratic Senate Ashley Judd, among others. King sent out an email to supporters using the attacks as a fundraiser.
Here's the email:
I'm under attack and I urgently need your help to fight back.
Since U.S. Senator Tom Harkin announced he will not seek re-election in 2014, rumors have swirled about whether I will run for his seat. I have not made a decision on this matter, but already Karl Rove and his army have launched a crusade against me.
According to the president of American Crossroads (Rove's Super PAC), they're concerned about my discipline as a candidate and how I would fare in the general election: "All of the things he's said are going to be hung around his neck." (New York Times, 2/2/13)
Please follow this link to donate $25, $50, $100 or more to my campaign right away and show Karl Rove that he cannot decide my political future.
I'm no stranger to outlandish attacks like this. They said I couldn't win in 2012 — the entire political machine was against me — but I soundly defeated my opponent by 8 percentage points. So let me be clear. Nobody can bully me out of running for the U.S. Senate, not even Karl Rove and his hefty war chest.
At the end of the day, my decision will be based on what I believe is best for our state and our country, and whether or not I can count on your continued support. Your donation of $25, $50, $100 or more today will not only help me ward off Karl Rove's baseless attacks, it will tell me you will continue to stand with me.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Member of Congress, Iowa
P.S. I haven't made a decision on whether I'll seek Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, but Karl Rove is already launching attacks against me. Will you help me fight back by making an immediate contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more? Thanks—Steve
On Channel 13's "The Insiders", King addresses Rove's attacks, whether King expects a primary with fellow Congressman Tom Latham and what his win over Christie Vilsack could mean for his future.
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