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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?


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