1 candidate joins race, 1 drops out in top ag job campaign
Longshot Dem gets squeezed out, endorses Terry: "Eddie Peterson, a former Webster County Board supervisor, said he saw Vilsack’s endorsement as 'the writing on the wall' ..."
Squeezeouts are one of the uglier things in politics that outsiders really don't know about. I know absolutely nothing about Eddie Peterson, but I know how it works: a few thinly veiled conversations involving an incredibly small number of people, the plausible deniability for the squeezers afterwards. The only odd feature here is Peterson's directness; usually the squeeze-ee has some sort of dignity-salvaging excuse.
I saw an interesting squeezeout a couple cycles ago that invoved a three-way job swap - and the squeeze-ee was the only one who ended up with an office afterwards!