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A brief history of Senator Chuck Grassley's run-ins with deer

CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06:  A deer is seen during  Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: A deer is seen during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
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The history of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley's relationship with deer is a contentious one. Grassley had a famous deadly run-in in 2012:

The phrase "assume deer dead" went as viral as a politician's joke about deer can go, inspiring its own mini-meme on Twitter:

On Wednesday, Grassley's daughter hit a deer

There's no need to assume anything about the deer. It is dead.

Deer are basically a direct health concern for the Grassley family

This new disaster prompted me to look up tick-related information for Iowa, where about five kinds of ticks usually live. Grassley is on the record as being concerned about deer overpopulation, and as he is a former farmer I assume we can take his word for it.