Republican Congressman Steve King is dismissing the suggestion he may face a primary challenge from within his own party in 2016 if he continues to make controversial comments. Doug Gross was the G-O-P's nominee for governor in 2002 and once served as chief of staff for Governor Terry Branstad
Gross said he is often "dumbfounded" by the things King says, especially King's comments about illegal immigrants. King responded to the criticism Tuesday.
According to Gross, many Iowans -- including Republicans -- are growing weary of King's rhetoric.
Gross argues King "doesn't represent the Republican Party" when King uses words that "degrade and dehumanize" illegal immigrants. King sparked controversy this summer when he argued there are more drug runners than valedictorians among so-called "Dreamers" who were brought into the country illegally when they were children.
King spoke at recent rally and vigil in Omaha for a 93-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered by a 19-year-old illegal immigrant. King argued the tally of Americans who've been killed by illegal immigrants is larger than the number of Americans who were killed on September 11th.