The Republican race for the soon-to-be vacant Iowa U.S. Senate seat could be crowded. A half-dozen candidates may enter the race. David Young, who grew up in Van Meter, tried to stand out in the early field Tuesday morning. Young spoke before several dozen members of the Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club. Young told stories of growing up in Iowa with his siblings as they spent time working on the farm, delivering newspapers and riding bicycles in rural Iowa. Young recently ended his tenure as long-time Senator Chuck Grassley's chief of staff. He sprinkled in numerous mentions of Grassley during his remarks to the crowd around 7:30a.m. "Thanks to all of you for getting up earlier than you may usually get up," Young said, "But just think, three hours ago, Senator Grassley finished a four-mile run."
Young talked about his work in Grassley's office where he said he and other native Iowans would, "Work together, advocate for Iowans, advancing Senator Grassley's principles and emulating his work ethic."
Young admitted to using Grassley's name. "Just a little bit but not so much. I'm my own person and gotta stand on my own two feet," he said.
Referencing Grassley's popular name is to be expected, according to David Oman, longtime Republican activist and 1998 candidate for governor. Oman said, "Well, of course. He's spent years helping Senator Grassley. Senator Grassley is an extraordinarily good senator, well-known, loved, in our state. He's had to opportunity to work for and with him. Why wouldn't he mention it a few times?"