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 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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