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.