The Associated Press reports:
Rep. Steve King is fighting for his political life — but not because he’s compared immigrants crossing the border illegally to cattle. His Republican opponents in next week’s primary aren’t raking him over the coals for making light of rape and incest.
His chief rival’s ads don’t mention the time he wondered when the term “white supremacist” became offensive. Instead, the nine-term congressman known for his nativist politics is fighting to prove he can still deliver for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.
Since Republican leaders stripped him of his committee assignments, in a rare punishment, King has been dogged by questions over whether he’s lost all effectiveness. Some longtime supporters are turning away, not because of his incendiary remarks but because they think he can no longer do the job.
Read the full article. Earlier this month King claimed that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had promised to “exonerate” him and return his committee memberships. A furious McCarthy flatly denied this claim the following day.