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August 17th, 2009

Braley vs. Grassley?

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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brucebraleyThe 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.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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