Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) dismisses Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” at a recent Iowa fundraiser. It was an honest statement by the Iowa Democrat on what he really thinks of the thousands of farmers in Iowa.
Today, Braley apologized for dissing Iowa farmers.
The Des Moines Register reported:
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley apologized this afternoon for offending Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley after video footage surfaced that shows Braley mocking Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”
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In an effort to embarrass Braley, Republican operatives today began to circulate the video of him warning some out-of-state lawyers that Grassley might become the next judiciary committee chairman if they didn’t contribute money to help elect Braley.
The remarks by Braley, a trial lawyer and congressman who is running in the high-stakes open race for retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat, quickly caught fire on Twitter and various national news sites, as politics watchers predicted that this incident will bruise a campaign that they’ve been confident would see victory in November.
And Grassley’s staff pulled no punches in responding this today, National Agriculture Day, when a statue of an Iowa ag hero was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol.
Senator Grassley is one of only two working family farmers in the United States Senate.