Whiting weighs in on Feenstra’s challenge to King

Thursday, January 10, 2019

DES MOINES — Zach Whiting, R-Spirit Lake, awaiting his first day in office as Iowa’s senator for District 1, said he was both “skeptical and disappointed” with the timing of the announcement by Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, that he will be challenging U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, for his 4th District seat in the 2020 primary election.

The announcement came Wednesday, less than a week ahead of the beginning of the Iowa legislative session.

“We are five days away from the beginning of a critically important legislative session where Iowa voters gave Republicans a strong mandate to continue a strong, pro-growth, conservative agenda,” Whiting said. “At the top of the list is a continuation on the historic tax reforms enacted last year. Unfortunately, the lead tax negotiator in the Legislature announced to the nation and Iowans that he already has one foot out the door to focus on a speculative congressional primary rather than the important work ahead of the Iowa Senate.”

Whiting noted he will continue to support King whom he referred to as “our champion for the conservative values of northwest Iowa in Congress.”

The first-term senator did stress the race against King would not prevent him from working alongside Feenstra in the Iowa Senate.

“Regardless of this announcement, I am committed to working closely with Senator Feenstra where we can,” he said. “I will endeavor to not comment on this again and not let it cause any further and unnecessary distraction than today’s announcement has already caused.”

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  • Glad to hear you go on record supporting Steve King.We will remember...

    -- Posted by Cookster on Fri, Jan 11, 2019, at 7:15 AM
  • Reports on king embarrassing us was on multiple tv channels and the internet headlines yesterday when just going about my normal viewinq/reading routine. I couldn't even avoid it on Comedy Central channel. Wait, that's the one that makes sense.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Fri, Jan 11, 2019, at 7:47 AM
  • I can not understand how someone who just got elected could support steve king.

    -- Posted by shine on Fri, Jan 11, 2019, at 9:40 AM
  • He does work as a staffer for King, so this isn't a big surprise

    -- Posted by Seriously!!?? on Fri, Jan 11, 2019, at 10:14 AM
  • Exactly why I left my vote blank on that office. What's sad is he's young enough to know better than to support king.

    God help Iowa if this is how our youth think. The majority of king supporters are old and the only hope before was to wait for younger people to out number them. That was assuming that younger people would be more informed, involved and inclusive. You can't grow Iowa as king said in his racist comment: "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Fri, Jan 11, 2019, at 12:04 PM
  • Here's what "our youth" think..... "what video game should I play for hours on end tonight?".

    My advice to them was to start learning Russian, Chinese or both.

    But we've got millions of illegal immigrants all waiting in line to join the military to bail us out, so no worries I suppose. LOL!

    -- Posted by Dick Butkus on Sat, Jan 12, 2019, at 9:30 PM
  • Hear that Zach? DB thinks you only want to play video games.

    Americans should learn more languages to compete globally.

    I've worked person to person for years from people from all over the world: Europe, Asia (China), South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa. They all speak English among the multiple languages they know. Some of them with less accents than I hear from the East Coast/South.

    What do you call someone that only speaks one language? American.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Mon, Jan 14, 2019, at 9:15 AM
  • Just remember...whether you support king or do not support king, the rest of the nation sees our district as one where everyone believes the same as king. But, I guess as a nine time winner, who wouldn't think we all have the same beliefs.

    -- Posted by muvymatt on Mon, Jan 14, 2019, at 10:06 AM
  • So helped, why then do we have the need for translators in area hospitals? MMmmm?

    -- Posted by clayfarmer on Tue, Jan 15, 2019, at 8:11 AM
  • The same reason they'd need a translator for you in hospital in country whose core language isn't english.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Tue, Jan 15, 2019, at 3:32 PM
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