Ed Failor, Jr. is keeping his political options open. The President of the Muscatine-based Iowans for Tax Relief told The Iowa Republican yesterday that he has had discussions with his family and friends about a potential run for Governor against Chet Culver in 2010.
Before the launch party for TheBeanWalker.com this past Monday evening, Darrell Kearney, a few other Republican Party staffers, and myself were congregated at the bar of the Des Moines restaurant where the event was being held. The topic of discussion was the 2010 gubernatorial race.
As Failor, Jr. and a few other members of ITR walked in the door, Kearney jokingly pointed at him and said, “there is our candidate.” Not flinching, Failor said something to the affect of, “let’s do it.” When confronted by others in the group to see if he was joking, Failor didn’t back down.
In a follow-up with The Iowa Republican, Failor indicated that he never has given much thought to running for office until recently. He said that he was caught off guard by Kearney, since no party officials have been included in the conversations he has had with friends and family about a potential run.
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