Vaudt’s Out

State Auditor Dave Vaudt says he’s not running for governor. From The Des Moines Register:

Vaudt, who is in the middle of his second, four-year term as state auditor, said this afternoon that the state would best be served with his continued focus upon Iowa’s fiscal picture instead of 18 months of campaigning for governor. He is planning to seek re-election as auditor.

“This is a very critical time for Iowa and we need a strong voice and an experienced voice to keep Iowans in tune with what’s really taking place with our finances,” Vaudt said. “The last thing we can afford is to have that voice diminished in any way.”

 Although I think Vaudt’s watchdog record would have been a big selling point for his candidacy, I’m not surprised he opted against jumping in. He’s got a good gig now and the current landscape can’t look very promising to a Republican moderate.

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4 responses to “Vaudt’s Out

  1. Christine Zookbczook

    I think that in this current climate a moderate republican is exactly what we need.
    Our country needs to have two political parties to be a democracy, and the republicans will hopefully make a strong come-back. I am a registered democrat, but I get no pleasure from seeing the republican party weakened. No reasonable person could.

  2. Mike

    I’m very disappointed that Vaudt has chosen not to run. Of any of the Republican leaders in this state, Vaudt is the most respected voice when it comes to our state’s financial house. I dont think there is anyone Republican or Democrat who can deny that our state’s in deep financially.

    We need someone in Terrace Hill who can recognize that..instead of finding more ways to spend money irresponsibly.

  3. tdorman

    I agree with you Christine. Unfortunately, reading and hearing the criticism from the right leveled at folks such as Doug Gross for even suggesting that the party turn toward the center suggests that it would be a tough primary for a moderate.

  4. Iowa Cynic

    Vaudt would have been a great alternative to Culver. Score another win for the Mujihadeen Conservatives. At least until the general election…

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