Tags: Christie Vilsack

Christie Vilsack Jumps in the Race, Ethanol Lobby Close Behind


Former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack is running for Congress in Iowa, declaring her bid to oust incumbent Republican Steve King in the newly redrawn 4th congressional district.

The locals expect the race to get ugly; Tim Carney notes that health-care and ethanol lobbyists are already writing checks to Vilsack.

(By the way, it’s an open secret that Christie Vilsack is sleeping with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.)

The NRCC welcomes her to the race:

Tags: Christie Vilsack , Steve King

New Tone: Ag Secretary Vilsack Pledges ‘Holy War’ if Wife Runs for Office


The new tone continues: Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture, former governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack, tells Democrats that if his wife runs for office, it will be “holy war.”

No, really:

Whether Christie Vilsack will challenge a sitting Republican or a sitting Democrat for Congress is a carefully guarded secret – but several Democrats speculated today that she’ll challenge U.S. Rep. Steve King.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this afternoon told Democratic state senators during a private meeting that if his wife does run “it will be a holy war.”

Boy, Tucson changed everything, didn’t it? I can’t wait for Christie Vilsack’s slogan: “A Crusader for All of Us!” “Jihad Us at ‘hello!’” and “The Vilsack Reconquista!”

Mr. President, you’ve already endured one high-profile embarrassment because of the poor judgment of your Agriculture Secretary. Clearly, he finds a bid for high office by his wife to be a… spiritual calling. What makes him so invaluable that you must keep him and his “Holy War” rhetoric in your cabinet?

UPDATE: Christie Vilsack forms an exploratory committee for a House bid.

Vilsack Akbar!

I appreciate the Club for Growth for proving that outrage fatigue is not so overwhelming that we shrug at a cabinet official declaring a campaign “holy war”

The Club for Growth today took issue with recent comments made by US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that if his wife, Christie Vilsack, runs for Congress against U.S. Rep Steve King (R-IA), that “it will be a holy war.”:

“Before Christie Vilsack has her husband issue a fatwah against Steve King, she should know that Steve King has an excellent record in Congress on the issues that the Club for Growth cares about,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Steve King has consistently stood up for the principles of economic freedom that create jobs and opportunity for Iowans. The people of Iowa are lucky to have him representing them in Congress.”

So will Vilsack deliver an explosive campaign? Or will she bomb?

Tags: Christie Vilsack , Tom Vilsack

A Potentially Awesome Iowa Democrat Primary Challenge


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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