ICYMI: Coronavirus won't derail Grassley’s 99-county tour
Released on Friday, April 18, 2020
The novel coronavirus has upended the way of life across this country and the globe. Nothing, it seems, is immune from the virus’ impact as everyone takes steps to limit its destruction.
But there is one tradition in Iowa politics that its creator hopes will survive the pandemic:
The Full Grassley.
Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, for the entirety of his 40-year career in the U.S. Senate, has visited each of the state’s 99 counties annually.
And while the coronavirus pandemic has thrown Grassley’s 99-county tour off schedule – in Iowa, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited – that has not stopped the senator from planning to complete his annual tour.
Grassley’s spokesman said the Republican senator still plans to visit all 99 counties this year in person – once the virus is contained and while still observing any required or recommended social distancing measures.
“Despite the logistical challenges, Sen. Grassley expects to hold in-person Q&As with Iowans in all 99 counties when the COVID-19 crisis is contained,” Zona said. “All meetings will be held in accordance with state and federal public health guidelines. The health and safety of Iowans will be the No. 1 consideration at every county meeting.”
In the meantime, Grassley will continue communicating with Iowans by phone and working on their behalf remotely, Zona said.