Grassley denied delegate status to RNC

The Washington Times has the story, in today’s edition.  The story suggests Grassley was not included in the Iowa Republican Party’s roster of delegates to the Republican National Convention because of his inquiry of televangelists’ spending practices which Grassley contends may be extravagant and misusing donations to the ministries.

As you may know, Grassley is the top-ranking Republican officeholder in Iowa right now.  Grassley, who is 74 years old, was first elected to the Iowa House in 1958.  He was elected to the U.S. House in 1974 and to the U.S. Senate in 1980.

Robert Novak also has the Grassley item in his latest column.  Headline on the two paragraphs:  "Dumping Grassley."

UPDATE at 12:44 p.m. Iowa time/1:44 p.m. eastern. Here is a statement from Beth Pellett Levine, Grassley’s press secretary:  "Iowa ’s federally elected officials – Senator Grassley, Congressman Latham and Congressman King – are not designated as delegates to the national convention in order to give additional Iowa Republicans the opportunity to participate in the floor proceedings and activities of the national party convention.  Senator Grassley and the two Republican congressmen from Iowa already have floor access as elected officials.  When asked, Senator Grassley said he’d be a delegate, like he has previously, but the more Iowa Republicans who participate in the event the better, in his view."

UPDATE at 3:41 p.m. Iowa time.  Newly-elected Republican National Committeeman Steve Scheffler of the Iowa Christian Alliance called Radio Iowa to talk about this.  Read the Radio Iowa story here.  Grassley was a delegate to the 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions.

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