Paging the GOP: Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin will not seek re-election in 2014

Five-term Dem Sen. Tom Harkin told the Associated Press he intends to retire instead of running for re-election in 2014. Harkin is 73.

Note to the GOP: Don’t screw this up.


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  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Thirty years is plenty. Not supposed to be a lifetime job.

    Rep. John Dingell has been in Congress since 1955, so he’s really never done anything but make laws for the “small people.” He’s one of the reasons Detroit is the boomtown it is today.

    Dingell’s father held the same seat before him since 1933.

    That district has been Dingelled for eighty years!

    • KansasGirl

      How could that be…with the rampant “racism” in America?

  • nc

    BUT, he’s not done yet. This from the Kaiser Family Foundation website:

    JAN 23, 2013

    Senate HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin is — for the sixth time — introducing legislation to combat obesity in children and adults across America using a host of new programs.

    Modern Healthcare: Harkin Offers Sweeping Public Health Bill Again
    For the sixth time, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee introduced sweeping legislation to strengthen the nation’s public health with provisions that aim to combat chronic disease and encourage healthier lifestyles in schools, businesses and communities. Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) bill calls on several Cabinet departments and federal agencies to implement a host of recommendations, and, in some cases, work together to achieve those goals. The legislation would require HHS to issue and update physical activity guidelines for all ages every 10 years; provide tax credits to businesses that offer comprehensive workplace wellness programs; and mandate that the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agriculture department release recommendations for standards in food marketing to children (Zigmond, 1/22).

  • V the K

    First John Kerry, now Tom Harkin. The Caucus of Democrat Senators Who Lied About Their Service in Vietnam is now down to Abe Blumenthal. Maybe Lizzie Warren can claim 1/32nd of her served in Vietnam to keep him company.

  • kch50428

    “Note to the GOP: Don’t screw this up.” — The Iowa GOP is in the hands of Paultards. It’s already too late. Screwed up it is, and will be.

  • Jack Deth

    When the socialist young Turks of the Democrat party make it too fupped duck, whacked out and loony for Tom Harkin. Can the Zombie Apocalypse be far behind?!!!

    Have fun flying those imaginary F-4s and F-8s over Japan to keep it safe from Godzilla!

  • BeyondPolls

    Senator Steve King or Senator Terry Branstad please.

    • kch50428

      According to the proprietor of The Iowa Republican, “Source close to Congressman Steve King: He’s giving it a serious look. Apparently his phone is blowing up. ” — King would likely win Iowa West of I35… it’s that East half of the state that will be a challenge.

      • BeyondPolls

        Yeah, turnout would be key.

  • kch50428

    Watch for some inside baseball type reporting and chat in the days to come on this…