March 21, 2017

Kim Weaver strongly contests U.S. Rep. Steve King’s observations on ethnicity in America.

Her campaign treasurer may not be so outraged.

From March 12 — when King said “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” — and then doubled- and tripled-down with other incendiary observations — the campaign of his 2016 Democratic opponent, Kim Weaver, raked in $137,221 as of Monday, Weaver said in a phone interview with this newspaper.

And consider this: Weaver isn’t even an announced candidate for 2018, and she noted that her campaign apparatus hasn’t sent a single solicitation for funds this month.

The outrage at King, a Kiron Republican, took on a life of his its own, she said.

“I had to get people to volunteer to follow Facebook and Twitter,” Weaver said. “You can count on him saying this stuff. You have to be ready when he does.”

Weaver said she’ll likely run again in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District and could make it formal within weeks.

King defeated Weaver this past November 61 percent to 39 percent in the 39-county district that includes Carroll and Greene and several surrounding counties. Story County, home to Iowa State University, is the only county Weaver captured in the 2016 race.

Weaver said the election results are relative.

For example, in the most Democratic-leaning county in the district, Story, Weaver received 55 percent of the vote in her race compared to Clinton’s 51 percent in the presidential contest. Clinton lost the full state to President Donald Trump.

Weaver, 52, oversees 124 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in northwest Iowa for Iowa’s Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman as an advocate for seniors.

She made health care a major focus of her campaign in 2016 and would plan to do so again.

For his part, King has not formally announced for re-election in 2018, and his name surfaces among political observers as a potential conservative challenger to Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and others in a GOP gubernatorial field.

In a CNN interview King said he “meant exactly what I said” on culture and reproduction.

“You cannot rebuild your civilization with somebody else’s babies. You’ve got to keep your birth rate up and that you need to teach your children your values and in doing so, then you can grow your population and you can strengthen your culture, you can strengthen your way of life,” King said.

On the topic of whites becoming a minority in the United States, King observered on WHO-Radio, that “Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before that happens.”

Weaver said she disagreed with an editorial in this newspaper that said King maintained such a GOP voter registration and recognition advantage in the district that he could utter actual racial slurs and still be re-elected.

“I have to believe that you are wrong,” Weaver said.