I’ve been following Grassley for a while and have to admit, he makes me chuckle. Though infrequent compared to some, he tweets like he talks. Politico says it’s “personal in an Iowan way: friendly but dry.” The article even displays a few of his tweets as examples (and they just happened to pick two of my personal favs from the last few months.)
From November: “6 inches snow in New hartford last night. I missed it bc of senate session. Lucky we finished corn harvest last wkend.”
For those of you who don’t know, Grassley has a farm in New Hartford. I interviewed him there once in front of the American flag in his yard. Every week, Grassley has a media conference call where we can ask him questions, and whenever someone from KWWL pipes up – Grassley begins his answer by asking how his farm is doing.
Another fav tweet from New Year’s Eve: “I didn’t stay up to see Ball drop. I will watch Hawkeyw ftball. Otherwise read. Not a very exciting new year celebration but tradition forme.”
There’s been some debate in the newsroom whether he actually tweets for himself. I maintain that he does. If his campaign staff handled the tweets, they’d be about as interesting as those that emanated from the Obama and McCain campaigns during the election. His staff would use it to talk about the policies, not the personal. And there would probably be fewer spelling mistakes.
Also in the top 10 is someone I followed closely while working in Missouri, Sen. Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc). After interacting with her in settings that varied from televised debates to Homecoming activites at Mizzou, I can say I respect her honesty even when I don’t agree with her. McCaskill never hesitates to give her two cents on any subject, and her Twitter page is no different.
Here’s Politico’s assessment:
Although more than 60 members of Congress tweet, no one else does so with the regularity and honesty of this Missouri Democrat.
She’ll open up about her political views (“I’m mad about these yahoos on Wall Street taking bonuses and trying to buy fancy jets on the taypayers dime”) and her personal life (“Brought work home. My sister is here who is a huge dog person. That means one thing tonight. Westminister Dog Show on TV”).
Any ideas for eastern Iowa’s top 10?
I’d definitely have to put Linn County Auditor Joel Miller (@lcauditor) on the list. He shares every detail of the meetings and events he participates in. There’s been many days that I can’t get him on the phone, but I can find the information in a tweet.
Also, Iowa Rep. Renee Schulte (@ReneeSchulte). She provides a freshman’s take on the capitol. She’s answered questions for me via Twitter and one day, I even used it to set up an interview with her.
Other ideas – leave a comment.
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This post was written by jjarvis on February 24, 2009