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A Potentially Awesome Iowa Democrat Primary Challenge



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If this comes to pass, it would be a particularly spectacular Democrat House primary to watch:

Congressman Leonard Boswell says he made it clear during a face-to-face meeting with a potential challenger that he intends to seek reelection in 2012.

Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, a fellow Democrat, is exploring the idea of running for congress in 2012 and both live in Des Moines.  Boswell says the two had a one-on-one conversation on January 10.

“It was just a nice, cordial visit which we’ve always had. She told me that she is just exploring. She’s made no commitments at all and she’s looking at all possibilities. She told me she wasn’t raising money; she was just exploring what people think.  I defend her right to do that,” Boswell said this afternoon during an interview with Radio Iowa. “I told her, clearly, looking her straight in the face, that I am committed to run next time.”

A 77-year-old 8-term House Democrat who has toed the party line – he voted with Pelosi about 89 percent of the time last cycle, and had a 2009 ACU rating of 0 – against the wife of the former governor and current Secretary of Agriculture. It’s hard to imagine a House primary challenge that would eat up more resources or divide Iowa Democrats deeper.


Tags: Christie Vilsack , Leonard Boswell


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