US Senate

March 25th, 2014

Braley Blasts Grassley as a “Farmer Who’s Never Gone to Law School”

Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley maybe running for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat, but he’s campaigning against U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.

At a recent fundraising event with his trial lawyer colleagues, Braley told the audience that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate, they will have a U.S. Senator who has fought tort reform for the past 30 years.  Braley then said the alternative is that they might have, “a farmer from Iowa, who never went to law school, never practiced law serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mark Jacobs has already responded to Braley’s comments:

“Bruce Braley’s ignorant remarks are yet another reminder that he only aims to serve one group: trial lawyers nationwide; not Iowans. To insinuate that someone like Chuck Grassley, who has served this state so honorably, is not fit to be a Committee Chair – because he is a just ” a farmer from Iowa” is offensive. Agriculture is the backbone of who we are as a people. I’ll take Senator Grassley’s commonsense over Bruce Braley’s expertise in suing people any day.”

Joni Ernst response:

In response to the breaking news that Congressman Bruce Braley insulted Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and all Iowa farmers at a Texas fundraiser, Iowa State Senator and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Joni Ernst offered the following statement:

“Bruce Braley thinks the way to suck up to Texas trial lawyers is by bashing Iowa farmers. How out of touch with Iowa can you be? I call on Braley to immediately apologize to Senator Grassley, and every other farmer in Iowa.

On a day when we here in Iowa are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Iowa’s own Norman Borlaug’s birth, and on National Agriculture Day itself, Braley’s comments are stunningly offensive. As an Iowa farm girl myself, I find it amusing that Braley thinks what Iowans need is yet another trial lawyer or outside Texas influences…what we need are simply more good old Iowa values.”

Matt Whitaker response:

“Bruce Braley apparently thinks he was sent to Washington to fight for tort reform. He is out of step with Iowans and his remarks about Senator Grassley are elitist and condescending.

This fall, Iowans will have a choice. We can choose someone who will be a check on the last two years of the Obama administration or we can choose someone who thinks that Iowa farmers are a punch line.”

Clovis response:

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, spoke up in defense of Senator Chuck Grassley today. “It will be my honor to serve with Chuck Grassley in the U.S. Senate promoting Iowa values,” said Clovis. These comments come after disparaging remarks Bruce Braley made against Iowa’s senior Senator. “Maybe if Braley did a fraction of the town halls in Iowa that Chuck Grassley does, he’d know better how Iowans feel about condescending politicians.”

“How dare Bruce Braley attack Iowans for not being trial lawyers,” stated Clovis. “Bruce Braley prefers to side with trial lawyers over the economic and moral well-being of America. Bruce Braley’s votes in the U.S. House prove that he will stand for laws that are unjust and wrong for Iowans.”

Sam Clovis is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Tom Harkin. Sen. Harkin has announced that he will retire at the end of this Congressional session.

“Chuck Grassley’s service in the United States Senate are a testament to his integrity and hard work for Iowans. His background, knowledge and dedication to public service go above and beyond what Bruce Braley will ever do for Iowans.”

h/t America Rising

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson serves as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Prior to founding Iowa's largest conservative news site, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. In that capacity, Robinson planned and organized the largest political event in 2007, the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa. Robinson also organized the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa, and was later dispatched to Nevada to help with the caucuses there. Robinson cut his teeth in Iowa politics during the 2000 caucus campaign of businessman Steve Forbes and has been involved with most major campaigns in the state since then. His extensive political background and rolodex give him a unique perspective from which to monitor the political pulse of Iowa.

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