Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is trying to put to rest persistent rumors that Governor Terry Branstad will retire before his four-year term ends.
That scenario would put Reynolds into office and set her up as the incumbent in 2018.
Branstad has long denied any such intention, but Reynolds was asked at the administration’s weekly news conference if the governor is about to step down.
OC……..done yet”. :11
There has been some speculation that Branstad might join the Trump administration as the Ambassador to China because of the governor’s close relationship with China’s president.
The governor is currently on a trade mission to China but Reynolds also shot down that idea.
Branstad has made clear he is grooming Reynolds to eventually become governor.
Reynolds wouldn’t comment on whether Branstad himself will run again in 2018.