DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Lt. Governor Patty Judge announced she's running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Chuck Grassley. Judge launched her campaign website Friday morning.
Judge said she thought about running after Grassley decided to obstruct President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
“I’ve always respected him, admired him. Thought he was trying to work for Iowa, but this action just smacks of political partisanship and I think he could do better by us,” Judge said.
She admitted she had told her husband she would retire from the political scene, but she can't stand and watch what's happening in Washington anymore.
Judge is a lifelong Iowan and as well as serving as lieutenant governor under Chet Culver. She also served two terms as the state's secretary of agriculture, being the first woman to hold that position.
At 72-years-old, Judge says she is ready to get back out on the campaign trail.
“I love it. I’m excited about getting back out. I’ve always love to campaign. I love going into communities, meeting people, talking to them. I’m ready to go,” she said.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a statement about Judge's decision to run. It reads in part:
"Patty Judge is an out-of-touch liberal who was shown the door by voters last time she ran for office. Democrats might be celebrating the fact they were able to convince someone to pursue the fool's errand of running against Chuck Grassley, but Judge will have no more luck than those who tried before her."
Judge says she isn't wasting any time and has plans to be out campaigning this weekend.
Judge will join Cedar Rapids State Senator Rob Hogg who has also filed paperwork to run. He already has the endorsement of Iowa’s Senate president and majority leader.