OLSON RESIGNS: Hints At ‘Broader’ Political Run

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The head of the Iowa Democratic Party is stepping down and says he’s considering running for a “broader office” in 2014.

The Iowa Democratic Party announced Tuesday its Chair Rep. Tyler Olson has submitted his resignation. Olson has expressed interest in the past in running for governor. In January, Olson told Channel 13’s Dave Price he’d had discussions with prominent Iowa Democrats about running against Gov. Terry Branstad in 2014.

He’s also considered running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Iowa’s 1st District seat will become open in 2014 when Rep. Bruce Braley exits to run for the Senate seat currently occupied by Tom Harkin. Harkin has said he will not run again.

Part of Olson’s resignation reads, “Senator Harkin’s decision to not seek re-election changed the landscape. I am proud of the Iowa Democratic Party’s strong position and it is time for me to determine how I can best serve Iowans through a conversation that is not possible as chair of the IDP.”

An interim chairman will be selected Saturday during a special meeting of the State Central Committee.

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