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September 2nd, 2010

Is Bruce Braley Afraid to Tell His Constituents Where He Really Stands On the Ground Zero Mosque?

What is with politicians these days?  Is it impossible for some of them to give a simple yes or no answer to a question?  Unfortunately, that is the case with Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley.

A couple weeks ago at the Iowa State Fair, I asked Congressman Braley if he supported the mosque, or the “learning center” as the liberals now call it, at Ground Zero.  Braley avoided giving a direct answer.  He said that it’s a local issue that the people of New York have to deal with.  He then argued that the proposed mosque really isn’t at Ground Zero, and finally, he defended the placement of the mosque based on freedom of religion.

Two of the three arguments that Braley gave that day clearly show that he supports the mosque.  That is why the title of the article that I wrote was, “Braley Supports Ground Zero Mosque, Says it’s Just a Local Zoning Issue.”  If he opposes the mosque, he should have just said so.  Like too many politicians these days, Congressman Braley wants to have it both ways.

Braley is upset with a television ad that the American Future Fund is currently running that talks about his support of the mosque.  The TV ad cites as its source.  Braley is now responding with a TV ad of his own.  You can watch both ads below.

Braley slanders his opponent, Ben Lange, in his ad by saying that the people behind the sleaziest ad in history are now backing his campaign.  He also tries to set the record straight by citing the very same article from that the American Future Fund cited in its ad, which seems a little strange.

Once again, Congressman Braley is trying to be elusive.  Braley didn’t need to cite article in his TV ad at all.  Instead he could have chosen to look straight into the camera give his constituents a straight answer.  Obviously, that would have been too simple, so Braley continues his effort to confuse people on this subject.

The mosque is one of those issues that deserve a yes or no answer.  Any married man who’s wife asks him who the woman was that he was just talking to, knows that it is in his best interest to answer his wife with a simple, direct answer.  Something like, “Her?  We worked together ten years ago, man she really got on my nerves.”

The rules are simple.  First, tell how you know her.  Second, tell her when you knew her.  Third, and most importantly, tell her that she’s not your type.  It would be wise for Braley to adopt this approach.  Instead, Braley is getting cute, and if he answered his wife like he answered the question on the mosque, he might get a knee to the groin or a drink thrown in his face.

While the TV ads duke it out over the airwaves, the American Future Fund has also been calling voters in the District.  AFF representatives have told that they have placed two phone calls to voters in the district.  Each phone call went to 160,000 households, which means they are calling Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.

Braley is spending $44,000 in the Cedar Rapids and Davenport TV markets. Braley’s quick response to the AFF TV ad with one of his own indicates that he might not be as safe this fall as many people think he is.

Pollsters and political analysts around the country are getting more and more bullish on the Republicans’ chances to make huge gains in the U.S. House and Senate.  Braley won his seat in 2006, a great year for Democrats across the county, and was re-elected in 2008, a year which was even better for Democrats, and he didn’t face a tough opponent in either race.

The 1st Congressional District is a seat that Republicans had held for decades before Braley won it in 2006. While Leonard Boswell is the top congressional target for Republicans in Iowa, Braley might just find himself in trouble this fall if Lange runs a disciplined campaign and has the resources to build his name ID across the district.

AFF Braley Call

AFF Braley 2nd Call

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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