Sen. Chuck Grassley is taking heat for the stall tactics of the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs. Grassley has made a vow not to find a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Atonin Scalia until a new president is elected.
A recent telephone poll, conducted on April 22-24 by Hart Research Associates, shows his favorability is declining among Iowans. He received a 42 percent positive rating, down from 60 percent two years ago. Negative reactions rose, going to 30 percent from 19 percent two years before.
Almost 40 percent of respondents offered unprompted criticism of Grassley’s decision to block the nomination and another 10 percent specifically criticized his refusal to hold hearings on the nomination or his refusal to do his job.
According to the survey, most Iowans want the Senate to confirm or deny Pres. Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
MoveOn.org, a national political action group, has rented a billboard that reads, “Senator Grassley, you lost our respect and votes by playing politics with the Supreme Court.”
The billboard was unveiled in Des Moines on Tuesday.