The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Iowa

July 3, 2014

Senator lauds Connell

CLINTON — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley paid a visit to Clinton on Wednesday, spending time with the working people of the community.

As part of his annual 99-county tour, Grassley spent time with Air Control employees, answering their questions and concerns during a short presentation at the Clinton facility.

Grassley’s visit was not only about spending time in Clinton County, it was also to congratulate Air Control president Mary Connell for receiving the 2014 Iowa State Small Business Person of the Year award.

“I try to get to these ceremonies in Washington, D.C., but I was unable to make it this year,” Grassley said. “I felt this was a good opportunity for me to come honor this company.”

Connell and the rest of Air Control’s employees were honored by the visit.

“The employees were very excited for somebody so important to come visit with us,” Connell said. “It was very personal and 90 percent of the employees were here for it.”

It’s that personal touch that Grassley says he strives for on his 99-county tour, adding it is his way to interact with the working people of Iowa and those working people on Wednesday had questions for the U.S. Senator.

Two topics of discussion that were presented during the visit included concerns about Obamacare and too much partisanship as well as how the Senate is working to turn the economy around.

Grassley said those topics are typical during his tours’ town meetings, and he was pleased to see a new generation of people with those same concerns.

“Young people are asking the same questions as the older people,” he said. “And I have a responsibility to promote a representative government.”

Grassley’s 34th 99-county tour continues this week, with nine counties already visited in two days. Though he is one of few Iowa politicians who accomplishes the 99-tour feat, he says it has never been a ploy to get votes.

“This isn’t something I promised to the voters when I ran in 1975,” he said. “It is something I wanted to do for representative government.”

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