Amid Supreme Court Battle, Grassley Seeks Friendly Audience

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley stands at the center of the battle over President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

He has joined with other Republicans and refused to hold confirmation hearings.

That position has drawn blistering criticism from Democrats in Washington and from activists at rallies back home in Iowa. But Grassley will probably get a more welcome reception this week when he holds three town hall meetings in friendly conservative territory.

Some think it’s no coincidence that the 82-year-old senator has chosen this time to hold public events more than 200 miles from the far more liberal Des Moines or other urban areas.

The first of Grassley’s meetings was scheduled for Monday in Ocheyedan, a city of 470 people in a Republican-dominated county.