By Emily Geiger
So, a few weeks back, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie was one of a handful of mayors invited to the White House for a jobs summit. Now, I hear that Cownie is on his way to Copenhagen for the climate change summit.
I’d say, either this guy likes going to summits without climbing mountains, or he has some aspirations for higher office. And based on the subject matter of these little shindigs, I’m guessing it’s federal office.
So what do you think he’s eyeing? Is he the kind of guy who will challenge a sitting Republican, or will he play it safe and wait for Harkin to retire? Perhaps wait for a Boswell retirement (or, if Boswell loses, challenge a one-term GOP incumbent)?
Or is he faking us all out and waiting for his post-Culver gubernatorial opportunity?
I think he’s going to have to do a little more to get his local house in order before anyone else in the state will take him seriously.
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