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Iowa’s Grassley will seek a sixth Senate term in 2016

Iowa’s long-time liberal Dem Sen. Tom Harkin decided to make an early announcement that he wouldn’t seek another term in 2014, creating a fairly wide open race for the seat he has occupied since 1985.

Now his fellow and even older and longer-serving Iowa senator Charles Grassley, a conservative Republican, decided to make a very early announcement, revealed in the Des Moines Register today, he will seek reelection in when his current term expires in 2016.

If he wins, and the starting conventional wisdom is that he will be heavily favored, Grassley will be 83 when his term begins and 89 when it ends. As of this year, Grassley has been in the Senate 32 years and in Congress for 38.

It’s funny, in the supposed age of red and blue states, how many states elect two senators of different parties. I count 19 that currently have a bipartisan Senate delegation.

Of course Iowa is classified as a purplish swing state. But for almost 30 years, it’s been electing and re-electing the same two senators, even though they disagree on most of the isues that separate liberals and conservatives.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 09/20/2013 - 07:50 pm.

    Conventional wisdom

    has nothing to with actual wisdom which, in Mr. Grassley’s case, has not advanced much with his age. The very fact that at 83 he is looking to be re-elected to a body- the Senate- which has done more to contribute to the dysfunction of this country than any other branch except the Supreme Court, speaks to his utter cluelessness.

    Is this so he can restart his 24-7 political contribution machine at which he was obviously so successful before he became Secretary of War? I cannot imagine otherwise. When I hear about how much time politicians much spend to raising money for re-election, so they cannot actually even read, much less author, original legislation that might benefit the country, I am dumbfounded. Is Grassley a “born-again” Teahadist who would shut down the government to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act.? Or would he actually have some plan that he forgot to offer during the debates over the enactment of the Affordable Care Act? I can only conclude that Chuck Grassley actually enjoys and derives meaning for his life from an existence belonging to an elite club of wealthy individuals who have nothing constructive to offer the 300 million + citizens of the USA. Why would anyone want to vote for such an individual? Why would anyone want to be elected to such a life?

  2. Submitted by John N. Finn on 09/23/2013 - 10:17 am.

    Art Critic

    One of my memories of being a student at the University of Iowa was when Grassley, then in the Iowa legislature, raised a fuss about depictions of nudes in the art department’s collection and exhibits. I don’t recall whether he was objecting to any and all paintings, sculptures etc. or something more controversial such as some of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography.

    A brief internet search didn’t confirm this, so it’s possible that I’m starting to remember things that weren’t.

  3. Submitted by Jim Westphal on 09/23/2013 - 12:44 pm.

    Grassley to Run Again? Surely Iowa Can Do Better

    If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times, “There is an especially warm room in Hell waiting for Mr. Grassley”. Knee-jerk, pandering to the lowest common denominator, doesn’t do his homework…all these and more apply to Iowa and the Senate’s answer to Michele Bachmann. “Wait a minute, aren’t you being a little harsh on the shrewish old man?” Heck no. Just look at his comments last week as one of the few people on the Senate Judiciary Committee not calling for an end to the hateful, grossly unfair and budget busting mandatory minimum federal drug sentences. Grassley is actually calling for more mandatory nminims (e.g. child sex offenders–again pandering) without ever really scrutinizing the issue. My favorite example of Grassley’s “shoot from the hip” backfiring on him came on public radio when he made the mistake of debating Harvard Law Prof. Elizabeth Warren on the amendments to the Bankruptcy Code which he supposedly co-authored. When it was apparent that he did not have a clue about the subject matter, Prof. Warren asked him if he had ever read the bill he co-authored. Just par for the course for this hateful, used up joke of a public servant.

  4. Submitted by jason myron on 09/23/2013 - 04:44 pm.


    is just another dinosaur that needs to lumber off to the tar pits of extinction.

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