Reynolds still waiting on U.S. Senate decision

GRUNDY CENTER – As U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, weighs whether to run for the U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds continues to do her research as well. She said her decision will come after King makes up his mind.

“He’s doing the same thing I’m doing. I’m in the information gathering stage,” Reynolds said after a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Grundy Center Community Building. “I’m going to wait for him.”

Reynolds, a former state senator, said she will be visiting with her entire family for the Easter holiday, which will help in the decision-making process.

“I’m honored and flattered that my name has been even speculated or raised, but I’m busy gathering information and talking to my family,” she said. “This is an important position, and we need to take the time to make the right decision.”

Reynolds does feel King will make a decision soon on running for the seat that will be open in 2014 due to the retirement of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has already thrown his hat in the ring for the seat.

“I believe it’s not going to be that long before (King) makes a decision, and we’ll know and then we’ll get behind,” Reynolds said. “This is a great opportunity to pick up that seat.”

Reynolds said the appeal of a Senate seat for her would be another opportunity to serve Iowans, but she also likes to do that as the lieutenant governor as well.

“I love serving Iowans,” Reynolds said.