On Friday, January 22, 2016, Robert Rees will kickoff a campaign for U.S. Senate as a primary challenger to Senator Chuck Grassley.
Rees announced a campaign on YouTube and his Twitter account yesterday.
On his website, Rees provides his reasons for running and why he is challenging Senator Grassley:
Senator Grassley has been in D.C. since 1975, a year before I was born!
I don’t think anyone should be in office that long, and I don’t believe that only one person can do the job.
Incumbents have a staggering 96% re-election rate even though Congress has an approval rating in the low teens! The best chance we have of ending an incumbent’s permanent stay in D.C. is through the Primary, and Senator Grassley has NEVER had a primary opponent since winning the Senate in 1981. This election is the first time Iowans can vote to keep similar representation, yet change the individual.
Senator Grassley will be 83 years old if elected again, and 89 when his term ends. I see a very real possibility that the Senator may retire sometime during his term. The Governor would then appoint someone to take his place in the Senate. I think the people should decide who chooses to replace Senator Grassley.
Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina pledged to only serve two terms. He was recognized as one of the most conservative members of the Senate and his constituents begged him to stay in longer. He did retire, though, and his replacement, Senator Tim Scott, has turned out to be a great conservative leader in his own right.
I am asking you to trust the system by swapping me for Senator Grassley.