The Politico is speculating that U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is about to get a serious Democratic challenger. The name they mention in their article is Congressman Bruce Braley.
I understand why the folks at the Politico would think that Braley would be the strongest candidate against Grassley. Braley has proven himself to be a strong fundraiser, intelligent, and well spoken. However, does he want to put his political career on the line by running against Grassley?
While a seat in the U.S. Senate is always enticing, I don’t know if someone with his congressional record be the strongest challenger to Grassley. Braley is an outspoken advocate for government run health care, authored the Cash for Clunkers legislation, supports cap and trade, and has never met a bailout he didn’t like. If you attended a town hall meeting in Iowa recently you might have noticed that a majority of people are upset over all of those issues.
I think Grassley could handle a candidate like Braley with ease. Democrats would be smart to challenge Grassley with a well known candidate who is not currently in office or someone without a record. The name that would concern me is Mike Blouin. Blouin, a former Congressman, lost in the 2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary to Chet Culver.
You can read the article in the Politico by clicking here.
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