The ‘Full Grassley’ is just a media stunt

Posted 7/2/20

There are many things in politics that make my blood boil. But nothing compares to the so-called “Full Grassley.”

You know what this is, because we see it every year. A politician …

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The ‘Full Grassley’ is just a media stunt

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There are many things in politics that make my blood boil. But nothing compares to the so-called “Full Grassley.”

You know what this is, because we see it every year. A politician visits all 99 of Iowa’s counties.

Gov. Reynolds just completed her drive-by of Johnson County on June 23. No Iowa legislators, school board members, city councilors or county supervisors were informed of the stop. There was also no press availability.

Note that those same school board members, city councilors and county supervisors spend hours every week accepting feedback from people, regardless of the content. It is part of the job.

We are dealing with a few different crises at the current moment. It would have been nice to have an opportunity to share a thought or two.

Let’s be clear – this has always been a political stunt and nothing more.

But at least a few of the politicians doing it have taken the effort to talk to locals when they do it.

The man for whom this tour is named – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley – ought to be ashamed by his inaccessibility.

Since 2011, Grassley has held only three public meetings in Iowa’s 10 largest counties. THREE!

In other words, half the population of Iowa never gets a chance to ask him a question.

Even worse, Grassley’s staff refuses to announce where or when he will be in a given county, so you can’t even hope to catch him walking to his car from the event you were not allowed to attend. And the press cannot react.

I think this is what makes me so angry. The behavior is the exact opposite of the myth, but he gets away with it.

The whole thing is shameful. I wish the media would quit simply printing his propaganda and hold him accountable for his lack of accessibility to Iowans.

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