Senator Grassley launches 99 county tour… without listing any events, times, or locations
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2020
Contact: Matt , (515) 423-0133
Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to Senator Chuck Grassley kicking off his annual 99 county tour without listing any specific dates, times, or locations for constituents to meet him in a public setting:
“How can you kick off a 99 county tour without any public events? Senator Grassley must think Iowans are idiots, but we are watching him closely and he’s not fooling anyone. It’s a shame that Grassley is hiding from his constituents at private events, instead of holding open to the public town hall meetings. But it’s not surprising, since Grassley has sold us out at every turn over the past few years.”
“Iowans want good, quality health care. Grassley sold us out by voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act time after time. Iowans want to retire with dignity. Grassley sold us out with his party’s plan to gut Medicare and Social Security. Iowans believe in the rule of law. Grassley sold us out by supporting a rigged impeachment trial in the Senate, not even allowing new witnesses or evidence to be entered into the record.”
“We deserve to hear from Senator Grassley at public meetings across this state. You have avoided public meetings in Iowa’s largest counties for nearly a decade, and now you have the nerve to kick off your so-called statewide tour without any public events.”
“Senator Grassley, Iowans are a lot smarter than you think. And we deserve answers about your record. We’re ready to ask you tough questions, are you ready to do your job and answer?”
Senator Grassley’s so-called launch was covered by KCRG:
“The schedule posted on Grassley’s website does not list exactly when or where the meetings will be held in those eastern Iowa counties this week.”
Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of more than 75,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law.
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Grassley has been doing his best to avoid real Iowans since his bizarre part in the 2016 refusal to hold hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. He has spent the past 3+ years defending the most unpopular president in our history. After voting last month to let an obvious law breaking criminal president walk free, Grassley is now simply afraid to show his face in Iowa.
We try to post notice of appearances by our senators especially and sometimes our representatives here on BFIA. Before 2016 such information was usually sent out from the senator’s office. If we missed it there, it was always posted on their websites well in advance. In 2016 in the midst of the Garland affair, such information became harder to find to the point last year when appearances would be posted on the morning of a morning appearance.
Not only have both senators become much more evasive about their appearances, they have also begun avoiding public appearances in Iowa’s larger cities. In those venues both senators often meet with private groups but still count it toward their “99 county tour.”
In the past 6 months Senator Ernst who is facing election this year has started once again to at least post appearances on her website slightly more in advance. But essentially both of Iowa’s senators have tried to do their best hide their tours while claiming they are not.