Des Moines —
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman reacted to Miller-Meeks' decision as well. He wrote in a press release, "Mariannette Miller-Meeks' resignation is past due. She has used the office of public health for a political agenda only Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party could love – demonizing working families in need with blatantly false information about Iowans, trafficked on the Internet by a radical Tea Party fringe."
Schultz, originally from Council Bluffs, announced his candidacy for Congress this morning as well. The seat he is seeking is currently occupied by fellow Republican, Tom Latham. Latham has announced his intentions to retire at the end of 2014.
“Fighting for the people of Iowa in the State Capitol has been an honor and privilege, but Washington is so broken, and so out of touch with main-street America, that I could no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as our children’s future was being mortgaged to pay for reckless policies today,” Schultz said in a press release.
Marion County Auditor Jake Grandia said he appreciates what Schultz has done and wishes him the best in the future. Price also reacted to Schultz's announcement.
“Matt Schultz is a Tea Party darling who has wasted tens of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars during his time as Secretary of State, and has little to show for it. Consistent with his efforts to suppress voters and intimidate Iowans, Schultz is now eager to bring his ‘spend more, do less’ approach of governing to the halls of Congress. One thing is clear: Schultz has his eyes on a spot in the Ted Cruz Caucus. Whether it's violating state nepotism laws and hiring his brother, or his secretive attempts to purge voter registration, Matt Schultz is more of an ethics investigation in waiting than a serious congressional candidate," Price wrote in a press release.