His “farmer” statement means Clunker Braley is now running against Chuck Grassley and whoever the Republican senate nominee will be.
This afternoon GOP opposition research firm America Rising, posted a video showing putative Democrat senate nominee Bruce Braley speaking to what the tracker group described as a trial lawyer fundraiser for him in Texas. Here is the text of what Braley said via Talking Points Memo (TPM):
To put this in stark contrast, if you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice. Someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years, in a visible and public way, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Or, you 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 chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senator Grassley’s office issued the following statement in response.
By the logic expressed on this recording a trial lawyer shouldn’t be involved in policy making about agriculture, or energy, or health care.
Sen. Grassley has served on the Judiciary Committee since he was first elected to the Senate, and he’s got a strong record on the committee. Grassley-authored amendments to the False Claims Act have recovered nearly $40 billion for taxpayers that would otherwise be lost to fraud. He’s the co-author of laws to curb class-action lawsuit abuse and to reform the bankruptcy code. Sen. Grassley is unmatched in his legislative and oversight work to protect whistleblowers, both in and out of government, who speak up about wrong-doing for the public good. He coauthored the Whistleblower Protection Act and numerous updates to laws protecting whistleblowers, including national security and on Wall Street. Sen. Grassley’s work on the Judiciary Committee exposed the illegal gun-trafficking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious. It was Sen. Grassley’s persistence that pressured the current administration to provide Congress with the legal rationale for using drones on American citizens.
Alongside that, Sen. Grassley’s one of only two working family farmers in the United States Senate, where he brings Iowa common sense to work for ag, anti-trust, transportation, environmental, energy, trade, health care, communications, national security, and tax policy that works for all of America.
It was a class response. Grassley essentially handed Braley his ass. Braley has sort of apologized to those he “may have offended.” Too late towel boy. You have probably moved the race from lean Democrat to lean Republican, as long as the nominee is not someone with some Texas size baggage of their own. R Mall