Charles Grassley has been serving in the United States from Iowa for over 20 years. He is widely respected for his time as a dairy farmer in Butler County and his willingness to hold town hall meeting in every one of Iowa’s 99 counties to hold town meetings every year. Grassley has only missed maybe a handful votes in the nearly 30 years he has served in the United States Senate.
Charles Grassley did make the news recently by saying that AIG executives should either commit suicide or resign, as noted by Fox News. I guess he thinks that AIG executives who took bonus money from the bailout of the company are like Japanese peasant workers and that the taxpayers are like the emperor, in the sense that they have to sacrifice themselves for doing the inappropriate thing of taking the AIG bailout money as a bonus.
When AIG Chief Executive Officer Edward Liddy testified in front of Congress, he was unwilling to publicly release the names of the employees who received bonus payments because he genuinely feared for their safety.
As a matter of mere coincidence that did not have anything to do with AIG bailout comments, Charles Grassley did receive a possible opponent from Robert Krause, a 28-year Army veteran and chair of Iowa Democratic Party Veterans Caucus. Mr. Krause resides in Fairfield, which has a large peace movement by Iowa standards within its city limits. It was strongly behind the candidacy of Dennis Kucinich for President in 2004, but it seemed to gravitate to the candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul in 2008 as a matter of religious principle. Bob Krause is not associated with the group.
As a matter of pure political punditry/opinion, it would be fair to say that Charles Grassley has never been seriously in danger of losing his seat since he was elected in the historic election that also brought Ronald Reagan to the White House.
Mr. Grassley defeated the father of the current governor of Iowa, John Culver, in a fairly competitive race. Mr. Grassley is likely to face a stiffer challenge this time given that the main candidates who challenged him in 2004 were not very well known as a former State Senator and pharmaceutical lobbyist, which is a less than popular job to hold according to most opinion polls. There was also a third party candidate in 2004, Daryl Northrop, who sold insurance in the Des Moines area. No word on any third party challengers in the race as of yet.
Bob Krause’s candidacy is currently only in exploratory mode as noted by the Iowa Democratic Veterans Caucus. There is no word as to whether any AIG employees will use some of that bonus money to make a contribution to the Krause campaign. Krause served in the state legislature for six years and also spent some time in the Department of Transportation as noted by Radio Iowa.
Kent Sovern. “Bob Krause Announces Exploratory Committee for US Senate.” Iowa Democratic Veterans Caucus.
Fox News Team. “Iowa Senator Says AIG Executives Should Either Quit or Commit Suicide.” Fox News Team.
Q. Kay Henderson. “Possible Grassley opponent emerges.” Radio Iowa.