Weaver thinks King has given her an assist

The Gazette | Erin Murphy | 9/30/16

Weaver thinks King has given her an assist

JOHNSTON — Kim Weaver is not as well-known or well-funded as previous Democrats who have tried to replace Steve King in Congress.

But Weaver said Friday she thinks King’s own words make him more vulnerable in this election.

Weaver, the Democratic challenger hoping to prevent King from earning an eighth term serving northwest Iowa in the U.S. House, talked about the race Friday during taping of this weekend’s episode of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television.

King declined an invitation to appear with Weaver on “Iowa Press,” host Dean Borg said.

In 2012, Weaver worked on the unsuccessful congressional campaign for Christie Vilsack, the former Iowa first lady. Because of her name recognition and fundraising, Vilsack was seen as one of Democrats’ best hope to unseat King in Iowa’s heavily Republican 4th District.

Weaver, who has worked for the state in the Department of Human Services and as a long-term care ombudsman, is not as well known as Vilsack.

But Weaver thinks King’s propensity for making comments — either in public or on social media — that many perceive to be inflammatory will be his undoing.

“I have to say that he has actually given me a bit of a boost,” Weaver said on “Iowa Press.” “The escalation of his racist rhetoric has also started to, people go, ‘Whoa.’ If you watch his Twitter feed, he is actually starting to put out more blatantly racist language. … Unlike a lot of people, I’ve been paying attention, and there’s a pattern to when he puts those things out, and he has increased the number of offensive tweets that he has been doing.”

When asked for a response to Weaver’s assertions and why King declined Iowa Public Television’s invitation, a spokeswoman for the campaign said King was unavailable for comment.

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