Grant Young has some information that will grab Senator Grassley and the rest of the Iowa GOP’s attention. Young has a well placed source that says the chatter inside the U.S. Ag Department is that Current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is making initial preparations to return to Iowa to run for the United States Senate.
Mike Kiernan, the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, has claimed that a “mystery” candidate to challenge Sen. Grassley this fall exists. However some of top Iowa Democrats, including Sen. Harkin and Mike Gronstal, have said that they don’t know who Kiernan is referring to.
Secretary Vilsack would be the most formidable candidate that Iowa Democrats could put up against Grassley. Yet, if he does decide to leave his post as Secretary of Agriculture, a position that means a great deal to Iowans, it would mark the second time in a month that high-ranking Iowa Democrats left influential agricultural posts to pursue their own political ambitions.
Sen. Harkin gave up his chairmanship of the Senate Ag Committee for the Chairmanship of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which Sen. Ted Kennedy used to chair.
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