In 2006, Bruce Braley ran ads that said that he would take us to Washington. The point of his campaign ad was to say that he would listen to the people of his district, not the lobbyists and special interest groups that have infested our nation’s capitol.
Yesterday we learned that Congressman Braley doesn’t really give a crap what you think. In fact, he asked the House Ethics committee if he could use his congressional email account to alert citizens outside of his district to push for his liberal agenda.
Here is the blurb from the Washington Post.
The chief of staff for Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) asked if it was permissible to use official congressional e-mail to alert citizens outside his eastern Iowa district to lobby other members of Congress on a particular issue. Staff rejected this request, saying it would break the “prohibition on members conducting and assisting outside lobbying of Congress.”
So, Braley the lawyer was trying to side step the law…
I guess campaign laws can be thrown out the window when you have your eyes set on Sen. Harkin’s U.S. Senate Seat.
Does anyone else think that Braley looks a little like Christopher Kinght from Brady Bunch fame?
NY 23 state of mind…
File this under quotes that I find interesting:
“Letting a handful of people pick somebody who is not just a liberal Republican – she’s more liberal than many of the Democrats. But that’s not the issue. The issue is that people didn’t get a choice and so they didn’t feel beholden to [Scozzafava]. They should’ve had a primary. They should have let Republicans choose who they wanted to have as their nominee instead of it being inside baseball, smoke-filled room – the kind of stuff that we’ve all tried to get rid of.”
That’s from our good friend Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
Haley, I thought that you told us back a few months ago that there are all sorts of Republicans and it doesn’t matter what they believe in so long as they vote Republican.
Seriously, Scozzafava will be the best thing that ever happened to conservatives.
I also want to know why the RNC political department looked the other way when Scozzafava was picked to be the candidate. We all know it’s a bunch of crap when they say that they were not involved in the selection of a candidate. It’s not like there are hundreds of high profile elections taking place this year. There are only three.
Is it a coincidence that RNC political director Gentry Collins and Mitt Romney, who has yet to endorse Hoffman, seemed to be on the wrong side of this one? You know you are in bad shape when Sarah Palin out maneuvers you on something like this.
Iowa Elections that I’ll be following.
I’ll be watching to see what happens in the Cedar Rapids race for mayor. Ron Corbett needs 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. If he is able to do that, it will be good news for Republicans in eastern Iowa. Corbett, who is the former Speaker of the Iowa House, has the political skills to be a major political force in eastern Iowa, especially if he is critical of Governor Culver’s handling of the floods.
The other race I’ll be watching is the Waukee race for mayor. State Central Committee member Isaiah McGee is running against current Mayor Bill Peard. It’s never easy to unseat an incumbent, but this may give us a glimpse of whether 2010 will be an anti-incumbent year or not.
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