The Iowa Republican: Conlin's candidacy: Good for Grassley?
Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican
It's hard to believe, but Senator Grassley is probably thankful that
Roxanne Conlin, a millionaire liberal trial attorney from Des Moines,
is expected to be his Democratic opponent next fall. The possibility
of Conlin being the Democrats' candidate against Grassley next fall
became more likely yesterday when Christy Vilsack said he would not
run for the U.S. Senate. If Conlin successfully navigates the
primary, she will be the most formidable candidate that Sen. Grassley
has faced since first being elected to United States Senate in 1980.
Senator Grassley has seen his normally stellar approval rating among
Iowans slip in 2009. In February of this year, Grassley's approval
rating according to a Survey USA Poll stood at a pristine 71 percent.
Since that time, however, Grassley's approval numbers have fallen to a
more pedestrian 50% in Survey USA's most recent poll.