Republicans Mostly Shrug Off Bill Maher Threat

by Matt Fuller, Roll Call
February 6, 2014

If Bill Maher’s announcement that he would be trying to oust a member from Congress was meant to scare Republicans, it doesn’t seem to be working.

Republicans expressed little trepidation at the prospect of Maher putting his influence — and his HBO show — into the effort of ejecting them from Congress as part of his plan to “flip” a district.

Maher’s executive producer, Scott Carter, told The New York Times they wanted to pick a truly competitive race and would likely pick a Republican to target.

Rep. Steve King, the Iowa firebrand known for making provocative statements — like the one about the calf size of illegal immigrants carrying drugs across the border — has been a frequent target of Maher already. But King didn’t show any fear Wednesday at the prospect of becoming the comedian’s pet project.

“I think he should run for office, that’s what I think,” said King, who won re-election in 2012 with 53 percent of the vote. “He’s got a safe seat right now. Anybody that’d put their name on the ballot is deserving of our respect, so let’s see if I can start to respect Bill Maher.”

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