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August 20th, 2009

Club for Growth Launches Grassley Ad in Iowa

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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senator-grassley1A number of Republicans have been applying heat to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley for over a month now concerning his willingness to negotiate with the Obama administration regarding its health care reform package. Now, a well known national group is chiming in. Yesterday, the Club for Growth began to run radio and TV ads urging Grassley not to cave into the liberals on health care.

Once again, the ad takes an approach similar to that used by the American Future Fund and Iowans for Tax Relief in dealing with Grassley regarding this controversial issue. The ad is very respectful, but it sends a very clear message to Grassley.It’s ok to sit down and talk, but don’t cave in the liberals’ demands.

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said, “We need to reform our healthcare system with patient-centered, free-market solutions that bring down costs and ensure more Americans have access to quality care. But some in Congress are pushing for government-run healthcare, which would crowd out existing plans, increase costs, and stick taxpayers with a bill they can’t afford.”

The Club for Growth’s $1.2 million ad campaign will run through the August recess. The ad campaign is aimed at members of congress who may be persuaded to reject a government-run health insurance program, as well as members with leading roles in the healthcare debate.

Senator Grassley has calmed some Republicans’ fears on the issue by explaining his position at his town hall meetings. However, if Grassley ultimately supports a reform package backed by the Obama administration, the Club for Growth could play a vital role if Grassley is challenged in a Republican primary for his Sentate seat. In 2002, the Club for Growth played a critical role in helping Congressman Steve King win a highly contested four-way primary in Iowa’s 5th Congressional District. Currently, no Republican has stepped forward to challenge Grassley. That could change, however, if Grassley votes with the Obama administration.

To Grassley’s credit, he continues to hold more town hall meetings than the most elected officials. He has done more meeting in one day than Congressman Boswell has done all month. The following is a list of Grassley’s town hall meetings for next week.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Humboldt County Town Hall Meeting – Rustix Restaurant in Humboldt – 9 to10 a.m.
Palo Alto County Town Hall Meeting, Centennial Park in Ruthven- 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Pocahontas County Town Hall Meeting, Expo Center, Pocahontas County Fairgrounds in Pocahontas – 2 to 3 p.m.
Calhoun County Town Hall Meeting, Rockwell City Community in Rockwell City – 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Plymouth County Town Hall Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall in Le Mars – 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Cherokee County Town Hall Meeting, Sanford Museum in Cherokee – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Ida County Town Hall Meeting, Community Hall in Ida Grove – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Emmet County Town Hall Meeting, Regional Wellness Center, Iowa Army National Guard Gym in Estherville – 8 to 9 a.m.
Dickinson County Town Hall Meeting, Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake – 10 to 11 a.m.
Lyon County Town Hall Meeting, George North Community Room in George – 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Clay County Town Hall Meeting, Clay County Courthouse Steps in Spencer – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 28, 2009

O’Brien County Town Hall Meeting, O’Brien County Courthouse, Assembly Room, in Primghar – 8 to 9
Greene County Town Hall Meeting, Greene County Fairgrounds, Clover Hall in Jefferson – 3 to 4 p.m.

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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