Anyone hoping for a major faceoff between two men who have both spent a lot of years running the state of Iowa, are out of luck. Former two-time Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack will not be running for governor in 2014.
Rumors had been buzzing that the former governor was considering challenging current Governor Terry Branstad, although Branstad has not confirmed that he is running either.
Vilsack communications Director Matt Paul confirmed Wednesday morning that Vilsack had been considering a run, but he decided against it.
The news was also shared on twitter through an account that was petitioning Vilsack to run. It read:
Our journey has ended. SecVilsack is not running for Gov. Thanks to the thousands of supporters who signed the petition for a better IA!
— RunTomRun2014 (@RunTomRun2014) June 5, 2013
Last Sunday, former Vilsack Advisor Jerry Crawford predicted on Channel 13’s Insiders that Vilsack would make the announcement soon that he wouldn’t seek the governor’s office again. The prediction was part of Crawford’s analysis about which Iowans would and which ones wouldn’t run for another job in 2014. He also discussed hopefuls Olson, Hatch, McGuire, Fitzgerald.