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Monday, November 09, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: McKinley stops pretending to run for governor

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Paul McKinley dropped out of the governor's race today to focus on
next year's Iowa Senate elections. His move made sense, because the
Iowa Senate Republican caucus has never been smaller than the current
18 members. With 19 Senate Democrats and only 6 Republicans up for
re-election in 2010, the GOP is almost bound to make some gains. My
question is, why did McKinley wait so long to make this announcement?
Although he promised in July to "aggressively explore" a gubernatorial
campaign, McKinley failed to turn up in most places you'd expect to
find potential Republican candidates. In fact, Craig Robinson wrote
last month, "McKinley's indecisiveness since announcing his
gubernatorial campaign hasn't just sunk any aspirations he may have
for higher office in the future, but it might also have impacted his
effectiveness as the Senate Republicans' chief fundraiser, recruiter,
and strategist."


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