Only two months after his closest race in the 4th District, Rep. Steve King is now facing challengers for his 2020 primary race, without the support of prominent Iowa Republicans.
State Sen. Randy Feenstra of Hull, Iowa, announced Wednesday that he has formed a federal campaign committee to challenge King in 2020, according to the Sioux City Journal.
The Journal reported that Feenstra didn't mention King by name in his announcement, but Feenstra did say the 4th District’s “current representative's caustic nature has left us without a seat at the table.”
Feenstra, 49, is serving his third term for Iowa’s 2nd District in the State Senate. He chairs the Ways and Means Committee and sits on the Commerce, Rules and Administration and State Government committees.
The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that Bret Richards of Irwin, Iowa, an Army veteran and former businessman, has plans to challenge King as well.
Irwin’s only experience in public service is “a stint as Irwin mayor in the early 2000s,” though he has had influence on policy making as a board member of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.
Although King served as a campaign co-chair for Gov. Kim Reynolds in her 2018 election, neither Reynolds nor either of Iowa’s U.S. senators will endorse King in his primary race, according to the Sioux City Journal.
The final week of King's 2018 campaign was filled with controversy surrounding his ties to a far-right Austrian political party and a neo-Nazi politician in Toronto. He made headlines again Thursday when he asked why his language was offensive in a story published in the New York Times.
After the article was published, King issued a statement on his Twitter clarifying he identifies as a "nationalist," but he rejects "white nationalism."
"This conviction does not make me a white nationalist or a white supremacist," King said. "Once again, I reject those labels and the ideology that they define."