Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has come out against a new candidate-steering plan by Karl Rove and told him not to interfere in state races, the Associated Press reports.
"I basically told Karl Rove that what he was doing is counter-productive and he needs to stay out of it," said Branstad.
Rove's new group, the Conservative Victory Project, is planning to raise money and run ads in primary election campaigns to help candidates deemed appealing to general election voters. GOP party leaders are attempting to ward off unpredictable candidates like Todd Akin, who lost his Missouri Senate race after making controversial comments about rape, the AP reports.
Branstad reportedly objected when he got indications that Rove might target ultra-conservative Rep. Steve King if he tried to run for the state's open Senate seat in 2014. "If some outside group that has no connection to Iowa attacks somebody from Iowa, that is not smart," Branstad said.
Via the Associated Press