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November 3rd, 2011

Did Kim Pearson Recruit a Primary Opponent for Herself? UPDATED

Either Kim Pearson is not running for reelection next year or she is sabotaging her own campaign. The combative Iowa House Republican encouraged a fellow conservative to run for her seat in the new House District 30. However, Pearson claims she is undecided on whether or not to seek reelection.

Thursday morning, Iowa SOAR leader Jim Carley announced his intentions to run for the seat. “She has encouraged him to run for office,” said Susan Geddes, Carley’s campaign advisor.

Pearson told TIR Thursday night that “as of now, I am undecided on whether or not to seek re-election.”

The freshman legislator tangled with fellow Republicans during much of the 2010 legislative session, particularly in her efforts to thwart a late term abortion ban because she felt the bill did not go far enough. She has also publicly aired her grievances with the Republican leadership.

Rumors have circulated for months that Pearson would not seek reelection. Several weeks ago, she announced a plan to recruit conservatives to run in primaries against Republican incumbents. However, it makes zero sense for her to recruit someone to run against her. Altoona city councilman Joe Riding announced in August that he would run try to claim the seat for the Democrats.

Photo courtesy of Dave Davidson

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Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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