An unnamed, well-known Democrat to challenge Grassley?

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Michael Kiernan is the guest on this weekend’s edition of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television. During this morning’s taping, Kiernan made this declaration:

“Doug Gross has gone and pulled out of retirement Terry Branstad to run for governor so it got a lot of Democrats thinking, including myself, ‘Maybe it’s time,’ — and I’ll put this in a football analogy since my counterpart (the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa) owns a football team, that ‘Maybe it’s time to get a first-round draft pick.’ I’m going to tell you here today that Chuck Grassley is going to be in for the race of his life.”

Kiernan would not give clues as to who. As for when the person would announce their intentions to seek the Democratic Party’s 2010 U.S. Senate nomination, Kiernan said it would be after former Governor Terry Branstad announces whether he’s going to seek a fifth term

I’m writing for our air now. Will be back with more later. UPDATE: Radio Iowa story, with more quotes and more detail.

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