Grassley To Run For 8th Senate Term: Reactions From Grandson, Opponents

Washington, DC — Republican Chuck Grassley has announced that he will seek an eighth term in the U.S. Senate. Grassley posted a short video on Twitter a few hours later.

Grassley has said he’s been discussing the 2022 race with his family and would announce his decision by November 1st. House Speaker Pat Grassley, the senator’s grandson, was asked Friday morning if anyone in the family told the 88-year-old senator it was time to retire.

Speaker Grassley dismisses the speculation that he was poised to run for the U.S. Senate seat his grandfather has held since 1981.

The younger Grassley made his comments during taping of “Iowa Press” which aired Friday night on Iowa PBS. Grassley may face a GOP primary challenge next June from Jim Carlin, a state senator from Sioux City. Carlin says running against a well-known politician like Grassley isn’t easy.

Carlin says Grassley’s vote in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill that cleared the Senate a few weeks ago has upset some Republicans. Carlin says Grassley is a Mitch McConnell Moderate, while Carlin describes himself as a pro-Trump conservative.

Tana Goertz, a senior advisor to President Trump’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns, headlined a fundraiser for Carlin in central Iowa Saturday.

Three DEMOCRATS have announced campaigns for the U.S. Senate. Former Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer of Cedar Rapids says after 47 years in Washington, Grassley has changed from an Iowa farmer to just another coastal elite. Dave Muhlbauer, a farmer from Manilla who announced his candidacy this spring, is a former Crawford County Supervisor. The third Democrat to announce they intend to run for the U.S. Senate is Glenn Hurst, a doctor from Minden.

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