Whiting weighs in on Feenstra’s challenge to King
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.”