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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will not have the vote of a retired career prosecutor as he seeks his eighth term in the U.S. Senate during the 2022 midterm elections.
Bob Teig, who served 32 years as a federal prosecutor in Cedar Rapids, announced Grassley had lost his support in a column published Saturday by the Des Moines Register.
"I admit it. I've been a closet Grassley-crat; joined by thousands of similar Iowans who repeatedly elected Chuck Grassley to the U.S. Senate," Teig wrote. "But admiration has reverted to embarrassment and, as of Oct. 9, pity for a sad man who has lost his way."
"Grassley showed Oct. 9 that he has lost his principles to politics," he said, referring to Grassley accepting Trump's endorsement at an Iowa State Fair rally.
"Senator, you are not a pawn or a puppet. You are the longest-serving Republican in the Senate and have held elective office continuously since 1959. You don't need Donald Trump's endorsement, he needs yours," Teig wrote. "What is he going to do, tell people to vote against you? Why would you roll over to have your stomach scratched?"
Teig says he's had enough.
"I can't vote for you again. I don't recognize you, and I don't know which Grassley I would be voting for: the one who speaks his mind and means it, or the one who lacks the courage of his convictions," he explained. "It looks like you don't know either."
He noted that in 2011, when it looked like Republicans might deny Grassley chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee, the longtime lawmaker said, "Maybe I should just go home and ride my tractor."
"It's all too clear there is no honor in politics. But there is honor in working the land. That tractor is waiting," Teig wrote.
Read the full column.
Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks urged Democrats in Congress to aggressively enforce subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Wine-Banks was interviewed about Steve Bannon refusing to comply with a subpoena by MSNBC anchor Alicia Menendez.
"Do you see a political strategy?" Menendez asked.
"I see obstruction of congress," Wine-Banks replied. "I see crime."
"I think we've long since passed the time when we can allow witnesses to ignore subpoenas," she explained. "You had said earlier in the hour 'use it or lose it' and it's true. If Congress doesn't use the powers that it has to compel testimony, they cannot exercise their constitutional right for oversight and that's what this is."
"We need new laws to prevent a recurrence of January 6th, and the only way we can do that is for Congress to have all the information that it has requested. In the letters to the people subpoenaed so far, it lays out very good cause for those people to come in and testify," she explained.
"So I think whether he is doing this to be a martyr, or whether he's doing this as a legal strategy, we know that the law does not allow him to fail, for example, to show up for his deposition. He has to come in if he wants to claim any privilege, including the Fifth Amendment, he can do it when he comes into the room," she said. "He can't do it by saying I'm not coming because I think I have executive privilege because the ex-president says I have it."
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The Republican governors of Texas and Florida are in an informal competition to be the most Trumpian leader.
In a new analysis, Bloomberg News noted that a half day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott banned vaccine mandates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis floated legislation to do the same.
"It's a tit-for-tat that's been playing out for months between the best-known Republican governors in the U.S. — and potential presidential candidates in 2024. Abbott and DeSantis, both lawyers by trade, have followed similar political playbooks over the past few years when it comes to showing their conservative bona fides, from banning mask mandates in schools, to calling for harsh clamp-downs on undocumented immigrants," Bloomberg News noted.
Both candidates are considered 2024 presidential hopefuls.
"The rivalry shows how Republicans in two of the biggest states are under pressure to pursue the types of populist efforts that would please Donald Trump and his loyalists, even at the risk of alienating moderates and businesses worried about recruiting candidates turned off by restrictive social policies," Bloomberg News explained. "Hard-line approaches like curtailing school rules aimed at coronavirus safety are losers in polls, but rules framed as expanding 'freedom' serve as an extension of Trump's fire-up-the-base strategy. Far from turning the page on Trump's GOP, both men are trying to out-Trump one another."
Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, described the two as "frenemies."
One may have a clear advantage.
"For now, DeSantis may be coming out ahead in the quest to establish his credentials nationally, already sitting atop some early polls for the Republican spot on the 2024 presidential ballot assuming Trump doesn't run. The 43-year-old former U.S. congressman has experienced a swift rise since he landed Trump's endorsement in the 2018 GOP primary for Florida governor, which he parlayed into a surprise victory in America's largest swing state. He's been broadly aligned with Trump ever since," Bloomberg News explained. "DeSantis' political action committee had raised more money than Abbott's through the first six months of the year — $36.2 million to $20.9 million — and did so from a large pool of out-of-state donors, led by Citadel's Kenneth Griffin, who gave $5 million."
Read the full analysis.
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