MONDAY MORNING: Announcement Speculation
“Major announcement” is how State Senator Joni Ernst’s campaign described two separate events on Monday. Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, is running for the U.S. senate. Her campaign announced Sunday she will hold two events, one at the state capitol and another in Cedar Rapids, the following day.
The fact she is holding events isn’t what will raise speculation. This is: Ernst will stand at her events with Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds. Neither campaign Sunday night would say Reynolds is endorsing Ernst. But the two do have a close past. Reynolds, who considered running for the U.S. senate herself, personally lobbied Ernst to replace her in the state senate when Reynolds became lieutenant governor.
Governor Branstad, who also lobbied Ernst to run for the state senate, has said he wouldn’t endorse a candidate in the U.S. senate primary.