DES MOINES – U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is undaunted by criticism lately for refusing to hold hearings for a possible Supreme Court nominee, filing many signatures Friday in a his latest quest for re-election.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate reported Saturday that U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley delivered 11 binders of petitions to his office Friday.
“By far the largest amount we’ve received so far this cycle,” Pate said.
Grassley filed for his 7th term in the U.S. Senate. He’s been serving in the U.S. Congress since 1975, as he was previously a Representative. He’s been in the news lately for obstructing hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for a possible Supreme Court nominee that has yet to be named by President Obama.
Several Democrats have already made public their intention to knock Grassley off his perch: Rob Hogg, a state senator from Cedar Rapids; former Democratic Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge; Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause.
Republicans control the U.S. Senate, 54-46 over Democrats.