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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Iowa Republican: Senator Grassley starting fires

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

This past weekend, Senator Grassley suffered a burn on his leg as a small brush fire at his farm in Butler County got out of control. Thankfully Grassley is okay, but he still has to tend to another fire of sorts - the one he ignited last week when he said that he would need a month or so to figure out where he stands on the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that purports to allow gay marriage in Iowa. Grassley also indicated that he might support civil unions rather than marriage for same-sex couples. Grassley is known for his awe-shucks demeanor, but on the issue of gay marriage, Iowans want to know where their elected officials stand, and many of Iowa's Republicans found his answer to be inadequate. ... Conservatives have already voiced their disappointment with Grassley on the gay marriage issue, and some have even insinuated that he could potentially face a primary challenge. While there have been whispers of someone running against Grassley in a primary for years, talking about it and actually doing it are two very different things. A primary campaign against Grassley would prove to be extremely difficult.

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