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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 09:51 AM

Finkenauer to run for Senate

From her email announcement:

Abby Finkenauer
Thu 7/22/2021 8:05 AM

From a young age, my parents taught me about seeing work to be done and doing it. They taught me to always treat people with respect and to never think you're better than anyone else no matter what you do or where you go.
These are the lessons I brought with me when I served in Congress, and they will continue to guide me as the next United States Senator from Iowa.

My name is Abby Finkenauer, and I'm running for Senate to be a voice for working families. We can defeat Sen. Chuck Grassley and win this race, but only if grassroots folks like you join our team and help build our campaign from day one. If you're with me, will you make a contribution of $50 or more now to become one of the very first grassroots donors we need to flip Iowa blue and protect our Democratic Senate majority?

The fight for working families isn't some abstract concept for me. It's personal. Working families are my family: Mom is a retired Dubuque Community Schools employee, and Dad is a retired union pipefitter-welder. In fact, it was Dad's old sweatshirt peppered with burn holes from sparks from his welding torch that I carried with me when I first went to Congress so I'd never forget why I ran and who I represent.

What we know now is that the vast majority of Iowans don't want Sen. Grassley representing them in Washington anymore and neither do I. Hes made Washington his true home since I was five years old. He used to be a voice that we could disagree with but still respect, knowing he at least had Iowans interests in mind. But these last five years, hes changed.

In his seven terms, he has actively voted against and obstructed progress that would benefit working Iowans: Hes tried to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, hes voted against our first responders, and hes voted against most everything that would move communities in Iowa forward. Most importantly, hes sided with Mitch McConnell time and again even when it comes to undermining our democracy.

I don't know about you, but something in me broke on Jan. 6. Former colleagues of mine crouched in the House gallery, fearing for their lives as an angry mob incited by the former president attacked our Capitol. Ever since that day, elected officials like Sen. Grassley and Mitch McConnell have turned their backs on our country.

Sen. Grassley's public service may have wavered, but mine sure as heck hasn't. The hardworking people of Iowa deserve to have their voices heard in Washington and our nation deserves a Democratic Senate majority that will keep making progress happen for working families across the country.

The road ahead will be a tough one, but nobody will work harder than I will to win this race. With the right resources with you on our unbeatable grassroots team we will win. So today, as our campaign gets underway, I'm asking for your help to raise $50,000 before our first critical midnight deadline.

For Iowa, for this country we all love, for the democracy we cherish, please make a contribution of $50 or more now so we can win in Iowa and protect our Democratic majority in the Senate.

With truth and integrity, we and democracy will win.


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Response to rurallib (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 11:09 AM

1. I'll probably choose someone else in the primary

I don't think she has enough fight in her.

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Response to Bettie (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 05:01 PM

2. Me too.

I know someone else who will also be announcing soon.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 06:54 PM

3. Liz Mathis?

I heard her name being bandied about.

Rob Sand?

I'm dying here.

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Response to Bettie (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 12:41 AM

5. No

Neither of them. Seems Rob Sands keeps popping up mostly as a potential candidate for governor.


The person I know will be announcing quite soon. I don't think I should say until then. Sorry.

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Response to progressoid (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 08:43 AM

7. I will keep checking then

and waiting to see who it is...you have my curiosity piqued!

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Response to Bettie (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 08:18 PM

4. I have no such concern.

She took Blum to the mat, after all. And she sure expressed fight on MSNBC just a few minutes ago...minced no words. Feisty and impressive.

Whoever emerges will need to awaken Iowa's slumbering and apathetic masses and sharpen a message that turns the ag vote away from its lockstep tendency. Last October my wife and I drove to Elkader for lunch at Schera's. Nearly every farm along the way from CR to our destination proudly sported a T***P barn sign. Obviously the "R" organization was superior, but one would have thought that those folks would have been a bit more modest than to openly support that loathsome thug!

There is much work for Dems to do in Iowa.

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Response to slumcamper (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 12:57 AM

6. It's sickening.

We've seen T**** flags and signs being replaced with new ones. If the last 5 years have shown us anything, it's that they will vote for anyone who claims to be republican. Apparently the more horrible the better.

We're going to need a huge get out the vote drive and a candidate that can grab the 'no party' votes to overcome the GQP. It can be done but it's going to be a lot of work.

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