The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday that former Congresswoman Cindy Axne has opted against running for her old seat, instead taking a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Axne, first elected in 2018 and re-elected in 2020, lost her bid for a third term to freshman Republican Zach Nunn by just over 2,100 votes in one of the most competitive races in the country.
Axne’s campaign was plagued with scandals, including a report by Fox News that she voted by proxy for the Inflation Reduction Act while vacationing with her family in France.
Axne’s former Communications Director, now with the Iowa Democratic Party, referred a request for comment from the Des Moines Register to the USDA.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Gustafson said “Iowa Democrats are frantically searching under couch cushions looking for candidates to line up and lose. It’s no wonder Axne chose Washington bureaucracy over trying to get her old job back.”
Axne, a prolific fundraiser, outspent Nunn by a significant margin in 2022 in her failed bid.
With Axne’s decision not to run, Iowa Democrats are left with zero declared candidates in any of the state’s four congressional districts.