DES MOINES, Iowa -- Bob Krause, the former state legislator who hoped to capitalize on former candidate Tyler Olsen's exit from the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, has now decided to end his own campaign.
Here's the full text of the statement he posted on his Facebook page this morning:
Dear Citizens of Iowa, and especially Fellow Democrats:
I would like to note today that the holiday season has been a heady time for my campaign. In spite of having been written off by nay-sayers, I have been the Democratic winner in two recent polls and in a tie in another. The December Des Moines Register Iowa poll shows me with the highest favorable and the lowest negatives of any of the Democratic contenders for governor. The November Iowa Horserace Poll showed me as leading remaining Democratc contenders, and the Quinnipiac Poll shows me in a statistical dead heat among Democratic contenders.
Since these events, there has been a strong upsurge in interest and support in my campaign. I ascribe my success to a strong message in most media and on the stump, approachability as a candidate, and an unusually strong personalized social media campaign. My transportation package announced last week was well received, as have numerous other policy statements delivered by press release, web site, letters to the editor, Facebook and Twitter. I have clearly built a personal following not directly affiliated with any single organization.
All these factors tell me that I would have a very good chance of winning the Democratic nomination for Governor.
But success has also lead to soul searching. While I can see a victory in the June primary, either Jack Hatch or I will be facing the 10 million dollar man in the general election after an excruciating and exhausting primary. Accordingly, our chances of achieving the ultimate goal -- taking the governorship for the Democrats – would be substantially diminished. Between now and the primary, our nominee needs to be consolidating and fundraising if the Democrats are to win.
For that reason, I am shifting my focus. I am not leaving the political arena. However, I will not extend my exploratory campaign, nor will I announce for Governor in 2014. And, I urge others not to enter the race at this late date so that our Democratic candidate can plan against Branstad in the fall. Though you and I may have differences with Jack Hatch on nuances of policy, he deserves a clean shot at Branstad, and this will give it to him. I have known Jack to be a great thinker and leader who is committed to our shared progressive values. He will make not only a great standard-bearer for our party but also a great Governor, and for that reason I endorse him today to be Governor of Iowa.
For my many supporters, I will use the great leverage and the many friendships I have gained in the Governor race to challenge the other announced candidate for US Senate in 2016: Charles Grassley. I will open a Senate Committee very soon. This is a full and not a tentative commitment. I urge fellow Democrats to give me the same clean shot at defeating a sitting incumbent as I am giving Jack Hatch.
At the same time, I will act as a surrogate speaker and policy advisor to the Hatch campaign. My focus will be outreach to veterans and unions, as well as any other groups where I can have value to Jack
as a speaker.
And, I will continue my exciting work with veterans causes such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Veterans are deserving, and I urge you to join me in helping.
Very Truly Yours,