Former Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer of Cedar Rapids launched a campaign for the U.S. Senate Thursday — with a video on social media that appears to be an announcement to a room of supporters.
Finkenauer, a Democrat, is a former state legislator who was elected to the U.S. House in 2018 and lost her bid for a second term last year.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has been raising money for his campaign account, but has not yet said whether he’ll seek reelection in 2022 – he’s expected to make an announcement this fall. Meanwhile, Dave Muhlbauer, a former Crawford County Supervisor, announced he is running the Iowa Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate nomination last month.
Finkenauer’s campaign news release says she’ll focus on blue collar values – and does not mention Grassley. But Finkenauer’s announcement VIDEO mentions politicians who’ve been in Washington for decades.
Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann says Finkenauer had a disastrous record as a member of the U.S. House and — in a reference to her 2020 loss — Kaufmann says he looks forward to seeing even more Iowans reject Finkenauer in 2022.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa; photo courtesy of Abby Finkenauer