After coming up short at the convention, a former front runner for the Republican nomination in the Third Congressional District is hinting at entering the race without the backing of a party.
In a Facebook post Friday, Republican State Senator Brad Zaun asks followers whether he should leave the party he’s represented for ten years to serve the state as an independent.
Craig Robinson, editor of “The Iowa Republican” believes it’s in response to failing to earn a battle with Democrat Staci Appel for the congressional seat.
“Here’s a guy who drove around to all 513 delegates before the nominating convention and wanted their support at the convention but two weeks later, he turns around and doesn’t want to respect their decision,” said Robinson.
The post remains on Zaun’s Facebook page this evening.
“as we celebrate independence day, there is several of my friends that are encouraging me to switch to an independent. what do you think? very frustrated as republicans lost their way.”
Zaun received 27% of the vote in the Republican Primary in June, coming up short of the 35% needed to earn the nomination outright.
That left the decision up to party delegates at the Third District nominating convention two weeks later.
In a stunning upset, Senator Charles Grassley’s former Chief of Staff, David Young outlasted Zaun and four others to earn the nod.
Young polled in fifth place with 14% of the vote in the Republican Primary.
GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann shared his thoughts on Zaun’s post.
“After any contested primary, there’s often times talk and discussion about independent runs. I’ve heard it in the Republican Party and I’ve heard it in the Democratic Party. Most of the time, the party rallies together. Brad Zaun is an important voice in the Republican Party and an important voice in the Iowa Senate and David Young is our Republican candidate,” said Kaufmann.
We reached out to Zaun and David Young’s campaign.
Zaun did not return our calls or messages for a comment.
Young’s campaign says doesn’t have a comment at this time.