Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley doesn’t think too highly of his senior senator and potential colleague, apparently. A new video reveals the representative sneering at Chuck Grassley as a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”
Speaking at a Texas fundraiser, Braley suggested that Grassley wasn’t qualified to serve as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee if Republicans take the Senate. Grassley currently serves as ranking member of the committee.
“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 thirty years, in a visible or 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 the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Grassley has served as ranking member of the Judiciary Committee since 2011 (he previously served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance). Meanwhile, in his seven years in Congress, Braley has not served on the House Judiciary Committee.
Additionally, Braley is not running against Grassley this year, who is up for reelection in 2016.
Braley’s attack on Grassley is the latest in an effort to disqualify Republicans based on their academic background. As Charlie noted yesterday, a left-leaning website labeled Wisconsin governor Scott Walker as “College Dropout Scott Walker.”
UPDATE: 4:39 p.m. Braley apologized to Grassley ”and anyone I may have offended” in a statement.
“I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended. I respect Senator Grassley and enjoy our working relationship even though we disagree on some issues.
But there is a clear choice in this race between Mark Jacobs and my other opponents who support policies that are bad for Iowa farmers, and the work I’ve done hand in hand with Iowa farmers to grow Iowa’s farm economy and create good paying Iowa farm jobs.
My parents both grew up on Iowa farms during the Great Depression. It deeply influenced who they are and who I am, and gave me a profound appreciation for what farmers do for the world. One of my grandfathers was a charter member of the Iowa Farm Bureau. I grew up in rural Iowa, doing farm jobs and working a grain elevator. I have tremendous respect for Iowa farmers and appreciate how important they are to our state, and I’m grateful to have the support of hundreds of farmers across Iowa.”