State Sen. Randy Feenstra (R) announced raising $100,000 in the first 10 days of his primary campaign against Rep. Steve King (R). And ex-state House Speaker Christopher Rants launched a super PAC called Iowa Four to back Feenstra’s campaign. (releases)
Meanwhile, King “is using the backlash to raise money for his campaign.'The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican 'NeverTrumpers' and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me,’ King wrote in a campaign email to his supporters.” (Des Moines Register)
DECAYING SUPPORT. "The coffee crew at Zakeer’s still likes Steve King. They voted for him over and over and don’t believe he is a bigot. They say he’s getting a raw deal from the news media and Republicans in Washington. But here’s the thing: These rock-solid supporters of Mr. King, whose comments seeming to endorse white supremacy brought stinging rebukes from his own party leaders, are also convinced that his 16-year career in Congress representing northwest Iowa is effectively over."
"And it wasn’t just voters who think Mr. King’s career is nearing an end: Republican officials are already planning to move past him, and are busy recruiting and raising money for primary challengers in 2020 if he does not step down. Mr. King says he has no plans to seek “another line of work,” as" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell o"recommended this week." (New York Times)
BEHIND THE SCENES. "When Rep. Steve King was ushered into House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office Monday night, after sparking outrage for questioning whether the term 'white supremacist' is offensive, he expected to be scolded. He did not expect his career in congressional politics to effectively end. ... King, an ally of President Trump’s and a regular guest on conservative media programs, offered to 'go quiet,' according to three people familiar with the exchange who were not authorized to speak publicly. McCarthy dismissed the suggestion — and the nine-term Republican was soon stripped of all his committee assignments."
"During the session, King asked McCarthy, 'Why don’t you just reprimand me?' He then asked for a 'pause' in the decision-making process, the people said. But his fate had already been decided." (Washington Post)