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Bruce Braley’s bad week (Iowa)
The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2014 | Sean Sullivan

Posted on 04/03/2014 1:19:46 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

After more than a year of running a textbook campaign for U.S. Senate with an emphasis on fundraising and a gradual introduction to voters, Braley was suddenly hamstrung by comments seen as insulting to farmers and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). The result of Braley's gaffe is a sped-up campaign in which he has been thrust into the spotlight sooner than his team expected.

"I think it will accelerate the competitiveness" of the race, acknowledged Braley campaign adviser Jeff Link.

For months, the combination of a weak Republican field without a standard bearer and Braley's steady hand made a GOP upset in a must-win state for Democrats look unlikely. But Braley's remark has breathed new life into GOP efforts to claim Iowa, which could be pivotal to Republican efforts to win back the Senate.

To many Republicans, Braley's gaffe was not a surprise. The Democratic congressman's mouth has gotten him into trouble before, most recently during last year's government shutdown. Braley said he was pleased the House gym had stayed open but noted, "There's no towel service, we're doing our own laundry down there," prompting criticism.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: brucebraley; markjacobs

1 posted on 04/03/2014 1:19:46 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Keith in Iowa; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ...

With any luck, Bruce Braley’s worst week will be when he loses the election and his party loses control of the U.S. Senate.

2 posted on 04/03/2014 1:20:47 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Written by Sean Sullivan (D-Washington Post).

3 posted on 04/03/2014 1:22:00 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: Clintonfatigued

His opponent’s next ad;

“It’s time to throw in the towel.”

4 posted on 04/03/2014 1:26:36 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Tulane

This author chooses not to mention that this Congressman, former tort lawyer turned politician, was talking to a group of fellow tort lawyers about how he will be working for THEM in knocking down tort law reform, not for the people of Iowa. Government for the Lawyers, by the Lawyers consisting mainly of Lawyers!

A new definition of ‘chosen’ people?

5 posted on 04/03/2014 1:41:08 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: SES1066

Exactly right...

I’m not an Iowan...I would hope the pubs have a shot here...don’t know...sounds promising though...

Poll out today in Michigan shows Land up by 2 points...that ought to scare the heck out of some dems!

6 posted on 04/03/2014 1:44:57 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: Tulane

Iowans play it close to the vest, but I think the worm has turned here. When an editorial of a small town newspaper calls you an elitest turd, sentiments have changed.

7 posted on 04/03/2014 4:12:40 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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