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March 30th, 2014

Kevin’s Korner: Braley’s Brazen Bungling, Big Liberty Still in Charge and Does a Register Supervisor Sleep with Sheep?

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.

What a horrible week for trial lawyer Bruce Braley. Poor Towelboy. I feel bad for him. At least, as bad as I can feel for an elitist, snobbish, lying, ultra-liberal, sellout, two-faced, ambulance chasing, trial lawyer …

Everything Braley did last week made him look even more out of touch …  Amid all the hubbub of Braley’s insulting comments toward Chuck Grassley, Iowa farmers and basically anyone who does not hold a law degree, I think people are overlooking Braley’s most important comments: As a U.S. senator, he openly said he would be the “voice” of wealthy, out-of-state trial lawyers. Not the voice of Iowans. Not the voice of everyday Americans. The voice of trial lawyers …

Poor Bruce. He tried to mitigate the damage with a less than heartfelt apology and a press release … Well, he can wish in one hand … The press release meant to show Braley’s farming acumen misspelled detasseling and baling: “Bruce grew up in rural Iowa and worked on Iowa farms, detassling corn and bailing hay.”

Then several things from Braley’s recent past popped up which show his ignorance and arrogance are ongoing issues. He’s apparently obsessed with how many advanced degrees people have, as shown in this congressional hearing from 2009:

Then an old Twitter post of Braley’s emerged, criticizing followers for their spelling. Since he is unable to spell basic farming terms, Braley deleted the tweet this week, but the internet is forever Brucey:

Braley spelling tweet

Further trying to hype Braley’s support of Iowa farmers, which we know is a lie, Braley’s campaign posted a Facebook picture of a what they claimed was an Iowa farm. It was an English farm, not an Iowa one …

Buzzfeed also noticed that, in attempt to show support for raising the minimum wage, the Braley campaign showed a picture of a construction worker. Unfortunately, the picture was taken in Mexico.

And to top it all off, Bruce Braley ended his week by delivering a speech to yet another group of trial lawyers. I wonder if he also promised them he would be their voice in the U.S. Senate. That’s his plan. It would be a disgrace if Bruce Braley became Iowa’s next U.S. senator.

Ernst hogs

There’s no doubt that while Braley’s campaign stumbled, bumbled and crumbled, it was a very good week for Joni Ernst’s campaign. Her “Squeal” ad was brilliant and impeccably timed. In a crowded primary when you need to raise your name ID, an ad like that was exactly what was needed. It has already received 400,000 YouTube views

The endorsement of Sarah Palin, coupled with the one from Mitt Romney, shows Joni Ernst has some appeal across the Republican spectrum. I think Ernst’s hopes of winning the primary received a big boost last week … However, it would be wise on her part not to miss anymore Iowa Senate votes.

Sam Clovis in Crawford County

Fellow Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis had touted some good news on the horizon for his campaign. It turned out to be the endorsement of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, as well as Citizens United. Those are certainly positives

However, I thought, since Rick Santorum was back in the state, the 2012 Iowa Caucus winner was going to endorse Clovis. After all, Clovis backed Santorum when the former Pennsylvania senator was languishing at the bottom of the polls. It would have been nice of Santorum to return the favor.

Danny Carroll rpi

The fact that seven members of the 18-member State Central Committee did not support new Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Danny Carroll and Co-Chair Gopal Krishna in their uncontested elections should send a clear message: A large portion of the SCC, and Iowa Republicans in general, do not trust them …

Now that one of their own is installed as Republican Party of Iowa chairman, look for The Family Leader to partner with Big Liberty and get involved in the State Central Committee races at next month’s district conventions. The Family Leader will likely try to recruit some of their own to run for SCC positions, in order to protect Carroll from quick ouster …

Four candidates have announced their intentions to run for the SCC in the Third District, including 2010 attorney general candidate Brenna Findley, current SCC member Ryan Frederick, homeschooling advocate Bill Gustoff and Polk GOP Co-Chair Sherill Whisenand … I’ve also heard that longtime Polk GOP activist Jon Gruber is planning on running, but have not seen an official announcement …

Bierfeldt with Paul

BTW, after the SCC meeting adjourned, Danny Carroll announced that he would try to retain the current staff of Steve Bierfeldt and John Ferland. Most people have found Ferland to be a good staffer and easy to work with, despite his Paulistinian associations … I have not met a single person, outside of the Paulistinians, who would say the same about Bierfeldt … Keeping Bierfeldt on staff is yet another sign that Big Liberty is still calling the shots at RPI headquarters …

Also, not once during Saturday’s SCC meeting did I hear anyone mention RPI’s upcoming Lincoln Dinner, headlined by Paul Ryan. It takes place April 11 in Cedar Rapids.  You would think they would try to push it, encourage all committee members to attend and sell tickets …  Looking at RPI events on their Facebook page, the Ryan appearance is not mentioned there either …

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RPI leadership wouldn’t purposely avoid pushing this event because Paul Ryan is a potential rival of their preferred 2016 presidential candidate, would they? I’m certainly not seeing any of the hard sell tactics they used to unload tickets for the Rand Paul and Ted Cruz appearances. If it is reported by the media that Rand Paul drew 600 guests, but Paul Ryan drew only half that, it could look bad for Ryan.

Despite playing the race card, Democrat Jonathan Narcisse lost his lawsuit against the state, which he filed after failing to qualify for the gubernatorial ballot because some of his forms were not filled out correctly …Narcisse is now appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court

Even if the Supreme Court upholds the decision, I bet Narcisse runs as a third party, because what Iowa really needs a chief executive who cannot follow simple instructions.


Finally, following their biased, lopsided, “investigative” hit piece on Governor Branstad two weeks ago, the Des Moines Register continued their attempts to help Democrats win in November with a ridiculous editorial hatchet job. The ed board is demanding a full investigation of Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert? Why? Because one partisan Democrat state senator made an accusation. In an election year …

Yep. Shut down state government and get to the bottom of this scandal because one Democrat state senator demands it, right now! Despite Branstad’s defense of Wahlert, the Register editorial board wants state and federal taxpayer dollars and resources spent on a partisan investigation …

Using the Register’s editorial board’s logic, to paraphrase Nick Nolte, if I alleged that a supervisor on the Register’s staff sleeps with sheep, then the Register’s ed board and their corporate owners, Gannett, should conduct a full investigation into whether or not one of their supervisors sleeps with sheep. The investigation should be open, transparent and should not end until they prove no supervisor on the staff sleeps with sheep …

Yes, that’s how ridiculous the Des Moines Register is behaving … More to the point, maybe they should conduct an investigation into election year collusion between their staffers and the Iowa Democrat Party … Or is that behavior condoned?

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

Photo by Dave Davidson,

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Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor’s office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad’s 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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