A Democrat emerges to run against Grassley

Bob Krause, a 59-year-old Democrat from Fairfield, plans to hold an event Saturday, March 28 in Des Moines to announce he's formed an "exploratory committee" for a U.S. senate campaign. It's the first step to challenge Republican Senator Chuck Grassley's reelection bid in 2010.  Krause's event was highlighted on The Bleeding Heartland blog yesterday, but surfing there this evening I cannot find the original post, only this reference in the calendar. The previous post seems to have been deleted, perhaps at the request of Mr. Krause.  "Bleeding Heartland sort of jumped the gun," Krause said when I reached him by phone this afternoon. 

Read this Radio Iowa story for a review of Krause's extensive resume.  If you've been around Iowa Democratic Party politics since the 1970s, you probably know Krause.  He was elected to the state legislature when he was 23 years old.  He also worked on Robert Fulton's 1970 gubernatorial campaign and did some stints as a staffer for the Iowa Democratic Party.  His area of expertise is transportation and he just retired in 2008 from the Iowa Department of Transportation.   

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.