Chuck Grassley, the dean of the Iowa congressional delegation, recently sent out a fundraising letter/poll to Iowa voters. (He's running for his seventh six-year term in the Senate in 2016.)
Craig Robinson at The Iowa Republican writes:
In the past few days, a Grassley fundraising letter has appeared in Iowans’ mail boxes. It’s the typical fundraising letter we are used to seeing in Iowa. It’s as much about the presidential race as it is about Grassley’s re-election bid. The reply device is called the “2015 Iowa Issues Survey.” It asks you to answer 20 simple questions on issues ranging from the Second Amendment to Obamacare and return it with a check ranging from $250 to $1,250 – at least that’s what my letter asked me to give.
It gets better. Grassley asks potential donors to choose their Iowa horse. But there's a hitch:
The Republican choices are Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.
The Democrat choices are Joe Biden, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, and Donald Trump.
That’s right; Grassley’s fundraising letter lists Donald Trump, the current leader in GOP field in Iowa and national polls, as a Democrat. If that’s not bad enough, the Grassley letter completely snubs Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a colleague of Grassley’s in the U.S. Senate, altogether.
Anne Roth, from Grassley's campaign, provided this statement:
"It was an error by a graphic artist looking at design not content. The artist moved a name to make evenly spaced columns and didn't replace a name listed twice with a missing name. The result was inaccurate listings. We deeply regret it and have apologized to the campaigns involved, and we're working to correct it."
Robinson's photo of the letter can be seen below:
Update: An earlier version of this story was written before the Grassley campaign provided their statement.