Iowa Democrat Sowing Seeds of Challenge to Grassley

Posted March 30, 2009 at 3:44pm

A former Iowa state lawmaker has announced an exploratory committee to challenge Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, in 2010.

Bob Krause, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Veterans Caucus, hopes that Grassley’s status as a five-term incumbent will turn out to be a weakness.

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Bob Krause

“As a good farmer like Sen. Grassley would know, 51 years is a long time between crop rotations,” Krause said in an interview. He added that lawmakers tend to become disconnected with constituents after spending so much time in Washington, and their perspectives change.  

He also criticized Grassley’s recent disapproval of AIG executive bonuses , arguing that in 1999, Grassley supported the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act which removed barriers among banking, securities and insurance companies.