Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) officially announced he is running for United States Congress. Feenstra will open a federal campaign committee, he said. Opening the committee is the first step in the process.
“Today, Iowa’s Fourth District doesn’t have a voice in Washington, because our current representative’s caustic nature has left us without a seat at the table,” Feenstra said in a statement. “We don’t need any more sideshows or distractions, we need to start winning for Iowa’s families.”
Feenstra was quick to point the finger at Congressional Democrats in regards to the shutdown of the federal government.
“What we’ve seen this past week from the new Democratic majority in Congress is appalling,” Feenstra said. “They’ve made it clear that they want nothing less than to raise taxes to historic levels, ignore the rule of law and undue the successes made by President Trump. The President needs effective conservative leaders in Congress who will not only support his agenda, but actually get things done.”
Feenstra cleared his Twitter account’s previous posts. The state senator joined Twitter in 2009 but only three tweets are still public — all from this morning. In his previous almost 10 years on Twitter, Feenstra never once sent out a tweet with the word “immigration.”
This is an issue he will have to get comfortable talking about as it will be the defining issue in the race. He has appealed to the business community in his initial announcement and references securing the borders, but nothing specific about the wall or what he’d suggest to do with the millions of illegal aliens already in the country.
Matt Leopold was listed as the contact for Feenstra’s campaign on the press release. Leopold was a political director for Governor Kim Reynolds’ campaign.
Reynolds lauded the support she received from Congressman Steve King through Election Day in 2018, only to deal heavy criticism to the nine-term representative immediately after the election. That friction caused some to wonder if Reynolds would work to find a primary challenger to take on Congressman King.