GRINNELL - U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, said he would like to see his current seat stay in Democratic hands, but isn't ready to endorse a candidate for the 2014 election.
Braley is running for U.S. Senate and has said he will be a resource for potential candidates for the U.S. House seat in the 1st Congressional District.
One of those potential candidates, Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, met with Braley in Washington D.C. last week.
"Steve's a friend, and so are some of the other people who have announced or are thinking about it," Braley said during a stop at ASI Sign Systems in Grinnell Wednesday.
Sodders has not officially announced his candidacy for the seat, but Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, has entered the race. Braley also called Murphy a friend but will wait until after the June 3, 2014 primary to endorse a candidate.
"I think very highly of Pat as a potential candidate, just as I think very highly of Steve Sodders," Braley said.
Braley is fine with helping the candidates through the campaign process.
"What I'm trying to do is help people make connections and talk to the people they need to get to know if they are seriously entering the race, and I think that the field is continuing to expand as more and more people are looking at it," he said.
Braley said his focus right now is to continue his work in the House while campaigning for Senate at the same time.
"I'm focused on doing my job, which is representing the 1st District of Iowa, and at the same time working hard to get out and expand the network of people that I'm interacting with and talk about why I'm running and establish a solid foundation to be successful in November of 2014," he said.