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Monday, September 28, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Kiernan promises Grassley 'the race of his life'

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Iowa Democratic Party chair Michael Kiernan spoke confidently today
about a "first-round draft pick" who is ready to run against Senator
Chuck Grassley, Kay Henderson reported for Radio Iowa. ... Speaking to
reporters after today's taping, Kiernan said the big-name challenger
is "100 percent committed" to this race. Your guess is as good as
mine. A retired politician? Christie Vilsack? A celebrity in a
non-political field? Someone from the business world? (Retired
Principal Financial Group CEO Barry Griswell has ruled out running, as
has Fred Hubbell, the incoming interim director of the Iowa Department
of Economic Development.) Grassley's approval rating has fallen this
year, but it'll take a lot to convince me that we can defeat him. He's
still got a strong brand name and 30 years of constituent service
behind him.

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