Mrs. Grassley not sweet on tweets like husband

James Q. Lynch
Published: August 29 2010 | 11:11 am - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 5:31 am in
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Unlike her husband, Barbara Grassley doesn't tweet.

'I don't even text. Yet,' the septuagenarian wife of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said.

Like President Obama, perhaps, Grassley doesn't always appreciate her husband's tweets - 140character messages sent via, a free socialnetworking service that allows users to send and read other people's updates.

The Iowa Republican has developed a reputation among nearly 20,000 Twitter followers for his often cryptic, shorthand tweets about policy, politics and University of Northern Iowa sports. He lit up the political blogo­sphere last summer with a pair of tweets taking Obama to task for criticizing Congress while vacationing in Paris.

'Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us 'time to deliver' on health care.

We still on skedul/even workinWKEND,' Sen.

Grassley tweeted.

Later, he added: 'Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' When you are a 'hammer' u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL.'' While the content of the senator's message may have riled some people, it's the timing of his tweets that torments his wife.

Barbara Grassley put her foot down on tweeting in church.

'I had had to tell him to knock it off,' she said, motioning as if slapping the senator's hand. 'Put it away.' Grassley admits she has little say over her husband's tweeting - what he tweets or when.

Nor does she have much to say over whether this will be her husband's last campaign.

'I thought the last one was. I guess that shows what I know,' Grassley said.

Her husband has served five terms since being elected in 1980 and is now the Senate's ninth most senior member. He is being challenged by Democrat Roxanne Conlin.

'I suppose I could have something to say about that if I wanted to say it,' Grassley said.

He doesn't show any signs of letting up, Grassley said, noting that he runs several mornings a week - perhaps a hint of his plans.

'He's steady and sturdy and he's not done with what he needs to do,' Grassley said.

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