But: "House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha said Burt's decision could make it easier for his party to win the seat." That contradicts the Obradovich column from a couple weeks back. It ends (emphasis added) with:
(Republicans are) closely watching the Democratic primary in District 21, the Waterloo seat held by Kerry Burt, who pleaded guilty to drunken driving last year. If Burt is the nominee, they see an opportunity for one of two Republicans vying for the seat.There's just no way Burt stepping down is anything but good news for Dems, who avoid a nasty primary and move forward with a better candidate, Anesa Kajtazovic.