October 22, 2021

Senior GOP Senator Chuck Grassley declines to retire, launches eighth Senate bid

Longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will be seeking reelection according to his announcement on Friday. 

The Epoch Times reported that Grassley, 88, is one of the longest-running United States senators in history, serving seven terms in the coveted office. 

“Serving Iowans in the United States Senate is a tremendous honor. I’m working as hard as ever for the people of Iowa and there’s more work to do,” Grassley said in a statement sent to news outlets.

“In a time of crisis and polarization, Iowa needs strong, effective leadership. I’m focused on serving the people of Iowa as your senator and fighting for policies that will make Iowa an even better place to raise a family and grow a business.”

The state of Iowa is firmly in the red as far as their upper chamber of Congress and will be for a while. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has been holding down the other senate seat since 2015 and won re-election in 2020.

According to the Epoch Times, Grassley will be defending his seat against at least three Democrats, including Abby Finkenauer, formerly of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, Minden city councilman Glenn Hurst, and former Crawford County supervisor Dave Muhlbauer.

After news of his reelection campaign broke Finkenauer took a swing at the longtime Republican, seemingly going for a number of pressure points in her response:

“Grassley has spent 47 years with the D.C. elite, lining his own pockets while families like mine back in Iowa have been left behind.”

“Now, he’s running yet again to put Pharma over our seniors, Wall Street over working people, and monopolies over small businesses,” she said.

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