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Grassley Not Too Concerned About New Challenge

Grassley talks on the phone in his Hart Building office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Grassley talks on the phone in his Hart Building office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Iowa’s former lieutenant governor prepares to challenge Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley in his re-election bid, the long-time senator says he is not concerned.  

The New York Times reported that former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge is expected to announce this weekend that she is joining the field of Democrats vying to take on Grassley.  

In an interview with the Des Moines Register , Judge was sharply critical of Grassley’s decision not to grant a hearing or a vote to any nominee President Barack Obama chooses to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.  

Grassley, a six-term incumbent, told reporters on Capitol Hill that he’s already heard that line of attach from the other Democrats in the race. “They’ve all spoken out about this,” he said.  

Among the other Democrats vying to challenge Grassley are State Sen. Rob Hogg and former state legislators Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause.  

Grassley noted that Judge and her running mate, incumbent Gov. Chet Culver, lost re-election in 2010.

“The only thing I know about her is she was part of the Culver-Judge team, and they were thrown out of office,” Grassley said.

Niels Lesniewski contributed.

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