November 27, 2014

GOP’s Schultz says he’s “not running against Tom Harkin”

Two statewide elected officials who’ll be making a joint appearance on statewide public television tomorrow evening  aren’t ready to say whether they’ll see reelection in 2014. Republican Matt Schultz won his first, four-year term as Iowa’s secretary of state in 2010.

“My wife and I, we have four kids and another on the way,” Schultz said this afternoon during taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. “We found out we’re having a baby boy yesterday so, you know, those are decisions I’m going to make with my wife as it gets closer.”

Tom Miller, a Democrat, is serving in his eighth term as Iowa’s attorney general.

“You know, we just finished this last election where we all were pretty intense and it’s hard to focus on the next one year,” Miller said, during the IPTV show’s taping. “But I’ll talk to my wife as well. But you do know that I love this job.”

Miller, an early supporter of Barack Obama in 2007, said he doesn’t think he’ll be taking a job in the Obama Administration, during the president’s second term.

In 2014, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, a Democrat, is likely to seek reelection and Republicans are hoping to run a competitive candidate against Harkin. Schultz said he’s not interested in that challenge.

“I’m not running against Tom Harkin,” Schultz said. “…Look, I’m the secretary of state and I’m very passionate about these issues. I love elections and I love business. People forget we’re also in charge of all the corporate filings in the state of Iowa.”

The joint appearance of Schultz and Miller will air Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Iowa Public Television.