Former congresswoman and Iowa democrat Abby Finkenauer seeking GOP senator Grassley’s seat

Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a former congresswoman, is running for Republican Chuck Grassley’s U.S. Senate seat.

The 32-year-old former state lawmaker announced her candidacy on Thursday morning. Finkenauer is 55-years younger than her opponent. “I’m running … to make sure that Iowans and, quite frankly, our country has someone sitting in the United States Senate representing them and working for them every day who actually understand working families,” Finkenauer told The Associated Press in an interview before the video release.

Grassley has said he will announce by November whether he will seek an eighth term.  Grassley has said that he talks regularly with campaign aides and reported this month having $2.5 million in his campaign account as of the end of June. Donald Trump won the state in 2016 and in 2020.

Finkenauer has accused Grassley of showing too much loyalty to Trump, citing his near-silence on the former president’s unfounded claims of widespread election fraud before the Jan. 6 insurrection. “The fact that he did not call out those lies as they were happening in our state, as they were happening across the country… it’s so disappointing,” Finkenauer said.

Grassley condemned the January Capitol riot as “an attack on democracy itself” but hasn’t publicly suggested Trump cease arguing the 2020 presidential election was stolen. When asked at a recent public meeting in Iowa to call out Trump’s falsehoods, Grassley declined, stating simply, “Biden is the president of the United States.”



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