Former Governor Tom Vilsack announced he will not run for senate in 2014.
In a statement Friday morning, one of Vilsack’s long-time aides said he will not run for Senate despite being favored for the job in recent polls.
The senate seat is being vacated by retiring Senator Tom Harkin.
A month ago, President Obama opted to keep Vilsack on the job as Secretary of Agriculture.
Des Moines Register political columnist, Kathie Obradovich, spoke with Vilsack about his decision. She explained to Channel 13, “He says that running the USDA is like being governor of 50 states. You can tell he really enjoys the job. Running for senate is clearly not on his priority list. However, he did not rule out being on the ballot in Iowa in 2014. There’s still a governor’s race and he did not take himself out of contention for that. He’s leaving his options open.”
So far, only congressman Bruce Braley has committed to run for the senate seat.
Obradovich says without Vilsack in the race, Bruce Braley has a good chance of raising the money and generating statewide support to be the party’s nominee.