Kim Weaver: Iowa Democrat Drops Out Of Race To Unseat Steve King After Receiving Death Threats

Jen Craft

Citing concerns for her personal safety, Iowa Democrat Kim Weaver announced that she is dropping out of the 2018 race against Republican Steve King. The two Iowans were set to battle for the state's 4th Congressional District, in a repeat of last year's election. In that election, King handily defeated Weaver by more than 80,000 votes.

In announcing her decision to withdraw from the race, Weaver revealed that the threats against her began during last year's election cycle.

"One consideration has been raised again by recent events at my home. Beginning during my 2016 campaign, I have received very alarming acts of intimidation, including death threats. While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern."
"Above this, my personal health is an issue. In order to sufficiently devote myself to the campaign, I would have to quit my job and shift to campaigning full-time. With recent legislation on health insurance, I must admit that the possibility of seeking a new job after the election exposes too much of a risk for me in not being able to secure health insurance."

"Considering this, along with the time and energy it takes to succeed as a candidate, I realize that I can't fully commit to both."
"Although I'm stepping down as a candidate, I still passionately support the defeat of Steve King. I will remain a part of the effort for a future candidate in this district, as well as help to elect a Democratic Governor and other Democrats across Iowa."
"We've started a significant movement in this district, and it's important to see that progress continue. I've said from the beginning that this isn't about me--it's about unseating Steve King and gaining real representation for the 4th District of Iowa."

In 2014, King, who is known for his strong, anti-immigration stance, drew the ire of then-Speaker of the House John Boehner for disparaging remarks he made to Newsmax about Hispanics.

"For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another hundred out there that they weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
"What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party. And we all need to do our work in a constructive, open and respectful way."

Steve King took to Twitter after Kim Weaver announced that she withdrawing from the race for Iowa's 4th Congressional District. However, King's tweet aimed to cast doubt on Weaver's claim that she had received death threats.

"I humbly ask for your support and understanding during this difficult time, as well as your continued support with the effort to unseat Steve King."

[Featured Image by Kim Weaver/Facebook]