Former Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a 32-year-old Democrat, joins the race for the next year against Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, an 87-year-old Republican who was first elected to seat eight years before his birth.
Ms Finkenauer, originally from Dubuque, was narrowly beaten by Republican Ashley Hinson last year after asee served only one term representing the eastern part of the state. She kicked off her campaign Thursday by accusing Mr. Grassley and other senior Republicans of "staying silent" when the Capitol was attacked on January 6.
"It's politicians like Sen. Grassley and Mitch McConnell who should know better but are so obsessed with power that they oppose anything that gets us going," she said in a statement. class = "css-1g7m0tk announcement video posted on his Twitter account. "Since the Capitol attack, they have turned their backs on democracy and on us.
Mr. Grassley, who was the third Republican at the time of the riot, called it an "attack on American democracy itself" and called on the perpetrators to be "prosecuted.ns the full extent of the law. ”
But he subsequently opposed Democrats 'efforts to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection, claiming that he considered her a " scheme " intended to distract from what he called President Biden 's failure to contain the migrant crisis at the . And he compared the most serious assault in Capitol Hill history to smaller, more violent left-wing protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities.
A spokesperson for Mr Grassley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Ms Finkenauer, who presented itself as moderate in the past to attract centrists to a district that included theurban centers of Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, has indicated that it will focus on trade union rights, the agricultural sector and issues vital to its generation of young voters in the next election.
" My parents couldn't give me a debt-free trust fund or college, but they taught me how to see and do the job to do, "Ms Finkenauer said , whose father was a welder and mother a public school employee.
She is the first Democratic candidate to announce her candidacy. Mr Grassley defeated his Democratic challenger in 2016, the former lieutenant governor of Iowa. Patty Judge, by 25 points - a margin similar to her previous victories.
The State, once a bipartisan testing ground, has veered sharply to the right in the last two presidential elections, offering solid victories to the ancien President Donald J. Trump after narrowly breaking up for former President Barack Obama in the previous two cycles.
Republicans have responded to Ms Finkenauer's response to announcement by linking her to the left wing of her party and poking fun at her failure to win a second term.
" Abby Finkenauer and her far left positions are indistinguishable from those of Bernie Sanders, AOC, and the Socialist Team, so it is not surprising that the Iowans fired her last year, "a spokeswoman for the National Republican Senate Committee said in a statement. " Today, Abby has signed up to become a two-time loser. "