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Sen. Grassley Shocks Again

Updated, 7:00 pm, ET with comment from Grassley's office

We've been waiting for a trifecta of outrageous comments by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Alas, we have it.

Over the past few weeks, Grassley has suggested: 1) AIG executives should commit suicide; 2) the loathed insurance giant is "sucking the tit of the taxpayer;" and, just yesterday, 3) that he'd had bedroom relations with Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad's (D-N.D.) wife.

Here's the friendly exchange that took place during negotiations over the fiscal 2010 budget resolution as Grassley tried his best wily tactics to solicit a favor from Conrad:

CONRAD. "You know, I used to like you. Oh, you are good."

GRASSLEY: "Your wife said the same thing."

UPDATE: Senator Grassley's spokeswoman, Jill Gerber, says her boss's comments were misunderstood. "You know Senator Grassley, right? There's nothing locker room-esque about him," says Gerber.

The exchange between Grassley and Conrad, she explains, was an inside joke. Conrad's wife, Lucy Calautti, had given a glowing introduction of Grassley just the day before at a policy seminar. Which is why when Grassley made his your-wife-said-the-same-thing comment, Conrad replied, "She did, she said you were the biggest hit of all the speakers at the event."

As you can see below, the C-SPAN video library recorded the moment for posterity.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 27, 2009; 12:48 PM ET
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Well he's a typical republican hypcrite, isn't he?

The party of values' members are always saying vulgar things about each other's wives (Grassley), troll bathrool stalls for gay sex (Mr. Wide-Stance Larry Craig), hire prostetutes to put them in diapers, change their soiled diapers, and then ejaculate them (David Vitter), or just troll for gay teens with their blackberry (Rep. Foley from Florida.)

Then they all condemn homosexuals, and liberals, as if that washes them clean from their hypocrisy.

What's so suprising about Grassley being an outright hayseed-rube? He's a republican, a NEO-CON supporter, and ethics violations enabler.

Posted by: onestring | March 27, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Lets see...the Dems have their fair share -a gay pimp, a president who swore he did not have sexual relations with a woman (oral is now not considered to be sex?) and let us not get started on Ole Teddie Kennedy - he has enough stuffed in his closet to start his own party.

Moral is - no one is perfect and most importantly, when it comes to bickering about either party they both have their fair share of perverts. Remember that when you start tossing rocks at the mice protected by that one ugly woman.

Posted by: zendrell | March 27, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: farfalle44 | March 27, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty ridiculous--I feel like his saga is straight out of a sitcom. "Oh, Chuck, when will you ever learn?" *cue upbeat ending credits music*

Hopefully we can turn this economy around and actually focus on solving the deeper, systemic issues for why we're in this situation. Obviously bad banking's a good place to start, but there are other issues, like global poverty, that have huge economic and geopolitical ramifications.

The Borgen Project ( has some interesting insight into addressing the issues of global poverty, something we can remedy easily and sustainably.

Some interesting figures to ponder:
$30 billion USD: The annual shortfall to end global poverty.
$550 billion USD: The annual US defense budget.

Posted by: concernedcitizen1111 | March 27, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Moral is - no one is perfect and most importantly, when it comes to bickering about either party they both have their fair share of perverts. Remember that when you start tossing rocks at the mice protected by that one ugly woman."

Show us where the Democrats have run entire campaigns on moral issues. You don't like a double standard? It exists because Republicans created it.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

politics aside, that's nothing but good old male locker room humor! it's harmless and I think it follows have full of sh!t he knew his prior statement was.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 27, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Did you miss his latest disgusting use of words on Face the Nation last Sunday (March 22), when he said the insurance companies were "sucking off" the taxpayers? I'm sure he thought he was being cute, given his commentary opponent. What a nasty, rude, and vulgar person.

Posted by: mradams | March 27, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: smv604 | March 27, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat, but I like him! A genuine conservative, smart, and with a wit too boot! I wished he lived in Oregon. I was a campaign worker for our new Senator, Jeff Merkley, who campaigned as a populist opposed to outsourcing. Today we just found this ratbag is taking donations from CITI, American Express, and AIG - who, between them, laid off 38,000 American workers in their IT departments and replaced them with 38,000 Indian H1-B workers. Oh, and they got those H1-B visas as "emergency" visas *after* receiving bailout money. Thank you President Obama and Senator Merkley. Jerks!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 27, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

zendrell writes:

president who swore he did not have sexual relations with a woman (oral is now not considered to be sex?)

I don't know about "now", but I can say from the vantage point of my 67 years that when I was a teen if somebody had claimed to have had "sexual relations" with somebody that came short of intercourse they would have been called, and been regarded as,a liar.

Posted by: wstander | March 27, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I guess he isn't getting any from his staff.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 27, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Grassley's a populist hypocrite, unfortunately slicker than most until lately. He's finally losing it.

Posted by: kls1 | March 27, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann Akers knows Grassley is talking about an event he spoke at for Mrs. Conrad, give us a huge break...It's really no wonder the Washington Post is down %77 in revenues this year...

Posted by: Phil6 | March 27, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief. Most of the comments are sententious attempts to make political points from an obviously good-natured repartee between two men who respect and like each other, tho they disagree. We complain about Congress but many of our problems are exascerbated by rabid noisemakers. Mary, you do us all a disservice by rattling the trash can.

Posted by: danber | March 27, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse


Who is the hypocrite? Did you listen to the clip? I only commend Ms. Akers for supplying a clip, but her summation of the clip is totally unethical and a smear on someone’s character. While Akers may not care for Grassley political philosophy, she owes the senator an apology for her distortion of his comment. If you listen to the comment and comment by Conrad it is plain to see his comment had nothing to do about the bedroom.

Posted by: sltiowa | March 27, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Grassley sounds like a *former* NeoCon. Some people learn from their mistakes. This country cannot survive and support continued (and accelerating!) job outsourcing, dismantling our factories and shipping them off to India and China, shipping off raw materials and calling it "trade" (and only 5.6% of our exports are manufactured goods), and propping up corporations like AIG that are key to the whole globalization Ponzi Scheme. There are a surprising number of my fellow liberals that have a knee jerk reaction to the Democrat and Republican brand names - 'all Democrats are good, no matter how much corporate money they take', "all Republicans are bad, no matter that they learned the lesson that globalization is a fiasco and the #1 issue is JOBS'. So, go ahead and buy the poison that Obama is peddling on behalf of his Wall Street and hi-tech buddies. What stays with me is his glad handing the CEO's of hi-tech companies at the White House and reading today that Palmisano of IBM is firing 5,000 more U.S. workers and shipping their jobs off to India (and, Obama is permitting another 165,000 H1-B visas as of the end of this month). We've been conned. Obama is no different than Bush, Holder no different than Gonzales, and Geithner and Summers no different than Paulson. NeoCon, NeoLiberal - both represent the wealthy, insiders, the crooks. Grassley, at least, is trying to represent the gut level feelings of average American's.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 27, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: danshanteal | March 27, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This is just everyday locker room humor. Period. And I agree with Senator Grassley's opinion that U.S. financial executives have no sense of shame. Did you see the picture of the Toyota executives bowing their heads in shame after the company lost money? If this were Wall Street, they would have been toasting their bonuses with Cristal. Have these people no shame? To take this blood money after bleeding millions of working men and women of their retirement savings? What we need is more righteous outrage...

Posted by: jerkhoff | March 27, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

can anyone tell me how this senator is? and how long has he been in washington? betcha these answers will explain his actions.TERM LIMITS.

Posted by: donaldtucker | March 27, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

this guy has been in office FIFTY ONE years?can this be true?does iowans want this man for more years .the governor will probably have to ppoint his successor.good chane he will not make more years.FIFTY ONE YEARS unbelievable.1958 i was 13 years old since then i did 20plus years active military and retired from second career.time to plant old chuck.

Posted by: donaldtucker | March 27, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I like Sen Grassley. I'm not in agreement with his politics, but he is a genuine public official who represents his state and his constituents vigorously. He is one of the remaining GOP senators who is serious about policy and what he thinks is good for the country.

He has lately, perhaps in frustration, let loose verbally about serious things like suicide and flowery phrases about tits, but let's not get carried away with criticisms on everything a public official says - like his innuendo about somebody's wife in jest. None of this is really serious and harmful, unless its blown up out of proportion, and harms the senator himself.

Posted by: jbleenyc | March 27, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

His suddenly unpredictable behavior may be a symptom of a health problem. Rush Chuck to the hospital. If he is mentally ill or incompetent, he can continue to serve.

Posted by: blackcatpr2020 | March 27, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

When exactly did this type of backroom bantering filth become newsworthy?

Posted by: profyle424 | March 30, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I just signed on to the Washington Post hoping to see and join intelligent conversations and I bump into this little slice of nonsense. It is amazing how people look at 2 men obviously enjoying a give and take, both laughing and turn it into something it obviously is not. Bickering.arguing ect ect.... Crazy but it shows how sense seems to leave some people when politics are concerned and despite the obvious, they slide into rehtoric and insults. Please people step back and look at the video, it was a friendly give and take, which we could use more of that this vicious sludge.

Posted by: freebird29 | March 30, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

This is a tempest in a chamber pot.

Posted by: Observer44 | March 30, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Grassley just a simple "Good Ole Boy" from Iowa that thinks AIG is bad???? Seems most of you have forgot the "Good Ole Boy" a few years ago had an "earmark" for Iowa that provided several hundreds of Millions of dollars for, get this, "an INDOOR rain forest of several hundred acres to facilitate the study of a Brazil rainforest, without leaving Ames, Iowa." Something that all we taxpayers couldn't do without.....The Iowa version of the Road To Nowhere!

Posted by: genhal | March 30, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, if you watch the video and read Ms. Aker's text, it becomes clear that the headline is wrong -- he didn't shock anyone who understood what was going on -- and he said nothing offensive.

I write this as a lifelong Democrat who would prefer to see Grassley do just what he's been accused of doing.

But he didn't.

Posted by: jay1411 | March 31, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

No news here. Maybe the beltway reporters aren't familiar with the way people talk in flyover country: fewer, but plainer words.

I don't often agree with Sen. Grassley, but I do agree with his approach of speaking, although I imagine he may have spelled one of his words "teat." All of us in this part of the country understand animal biology because we live with it every day.

Even more, I wish that there was more across-the-aisle civility and humor, because I think Congress could do more for the country in a shorter period of time.

Reminds me of the genuine friendship between Gaylord Nelson and Melvin Laird, here in Wisconsin. Although mostly opposed to each other's positions on issues, they maintained a close and congenial relationship. That's the way governing should be done. Sorry that we've largely lost that kind of mutual respect.

Posted by: bulldog6 | March 31, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Though I regret I am apparently part of it, do you realize how much real adult grown-up time has just been spent, not to mention a little precious vitriol, on an off hand snide(or not)comment by one senator to another. Don't we all, maybe even including the senators, have something bettter to do--even good old fashioned goofing off.

Posted by: williamsmith | April 1, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"From my standpoint, it's irresponsible for corporations to give bonuses at this time when they're so - sucking the tit of the taxpayer," he said."

I'm trying to find the problem with Grassley's statement. Is it accurate? Yes. Is it indicative of the anger of Americans. Yes. Does it use a word that offends a few. Yes. But wouldn't you prefer what Grassley said to him decribing graphically what is being done to Americans and our children's financial futures? Go Grassley. Tell it like it is.

Posted by: BothSides | April 1, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

As concernedcitizen111 suggests, let's give the Third World another $30B to end global poverty. Let's make another dozen despots rich. He's delusional if he thinks that money ever gets to the poor. Let's give it to the United Nations so that they can start another committee to bash the United States rather then feed the poor.

Posted by: gerrypooh | April 2, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Huh? Who cares? Senator Grassley is an Iowa farmer and talks like one -- maybe a little earthy, but not dirty. I've heard a lot worse from the "sophisticated" folks on both sides of what you-all call "fly-over territory." I'm an Iowa Democrat and disagree with Grassley on a lot of things, but I like him for not being a phony.

Posted by: kernel85 | April 2, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh great! 30 billion for Global Poverty. What about the 3 trillion that's been spent re LBJ's War on Poverty (just here in US!) Let's throw more money at the problem. Sure has helped with the schools!

Posted by: nomoremoney | April 2, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The Chuckster is pretty good for a Republican, at least that's what I thought. He needs to be more polite, for goodness sake, on the floor of the Senate or in hearings.

Posted by: axolotl | April 2, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

What! Senator Grassley Shocks Again! Where was Mary Ann Akers's comment when Precedent Obama fired the Chairman of General Motors? That is a shocker. I was just told I can't use the word fired, I must use the politically correct term "canned". When Hugo Chavez nationalized the oil business in Venezuela that was a bad thing. Socialism. Does GM now mean government motors. Are Chavez and Obama brothers under our skins?

Posted by: wmpaulthompson | April 3, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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