Democrat Kim Weaver, who was challenging Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), announced on Saturday that she is dropping her bid to unseat the controversial Republican. Weaver said that she had been subjected to “alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats.”
“While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern,” she wrote.
Weaver verified this decision in a post to the Sioux City Journal. She told the Des Moines Register that she had received death threats via phone and email and that someone had placed a “For Sale” sign in her yard. She said, “To me, that sent a message that ‘We want you out of here.’”
King, who is known for using offensive rhetoric, responded to Weaver’s claims by saying that the threats were probably “a fabrication.”
Weaver made health care a major issue in her campaign. And she referenced the new bill passed by the House GOP as a matter of personal concern. She is an official at Iowa’s Department of Aging. She recently wrote that leaving her position to focus on the campaign would be a risk. “With recent legislation on health insurance, I must admit that the possibility of seeking a new job after the election exposes too much of a risk for me in not being able to secure health insurance,” she wrote. Earlier, Weaver had claimed to the Des Moines Register that state legislators had cut her department’s budget as “punishment” for her campaign against King.
Kim Weaver was the only Democratic candidate in the race so far. She announced after withdrawing that she would willingly donate her campaign finances to support other Democratic efforts against King. “We’ve started a significant movement in this district, and it’s important to see that progress continue,” she wrote. “I’ve said from the beginning that this isn’t about me — it’s about unseating Steve King and gaining real representation for the 4th District of Iowa.”
You can see why there is some controversy around Steve King in the CNN video below. What do you think about Weaver’s decision to leave the race?
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