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INDIANOLA — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Fred Hubbell has joined Democrats in calling for Gov. Kim Reynolds to remove Iowa Congressman Steve King as her campaign co-chair because of his anti-immigrant statements and views on white nationalism.

Reynolds, speaking to reporters, said King is not a campaign co-chair, but “he’s one of about 5,000 honorary chairs and really what it is is an endorsement of my campaign.”

A Reynolds campaign news release last November said the campaign was co-chaired by U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, Iowa's Congressmen Rod Blum and King, and former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, who stepped down as a state co-chair when he accepted a federal post.

Reynolds then called King “a strong defender of freedom and our conservative values. He’s independent, principled, and is fighting the good fight in Washington, D.C. You never have to question where he stands.”

On Wednesday, the governor said Hubbell is shifting attention to King and “scaring” Iowans with talk that Republicans plan to alter the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System because his “tax and spend” agenda is failing to win voter support.

“He’s run out of things to run on,” Reynolds said. “It’s scare tactics. Between IPERS and that — I feel sorry that that’s all they have.”

She said King “is not involved in policy; he’s not involved in anything. When I don’t agree with what he says, I’m very open about that. None of us agree on everything. I also cannot be held accountable for what every person tweets or says. I’m accountable for myself, and I am leading. We’re providing results. This state is heading in the right direction and they have absolutely nothing to talk about.”

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