Exclusive: Americans For Prosperity To Spend $800K Attacking Iowa Democrat For Farmer Gaffe

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Iowans will continue to see that embarrassing video of Democratic Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley hobnobbing with trial lawyers and seemingly dismissing farmers in his state.

Americans For Prosperity, the outside conservative group spending millions across the country against Democrats in tight Senate races, is rolling out a new attack ad against Braley on Thursday. It was first shared with The Daily Caller.

The group plans to spend more than $800,000 on its “Who Comes First for Bruce Braley?” ad. It will run on television and digital for more than three weeks.

The ad hits Braley for “supporting massive spending bills” and protecting “Washington special interests,” like trial lawyers.

“Congressman Braley has voted to dramatically grow government during his time in Washington,” Iowa state director Mark Lucas said. “Iowans need to know whether he’s representing them, or going to bat for interests that will continue to sap us of our tax dollars. Those are resources we need to build better lives for ourselves and our families. Between ObamaCare and massive government overspending, life has gotten less and less affordable for the middle class. Bruce Braley shouldn’t spend another dime on the special interests.”

Americans For Prosperity apparently thinks the tracker video of Braley’s farmer comments — which surfaced in March and were directed at Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley — is poisonous for Braley.

The group has included Braley’s comments about farmers in past attack ads against the Democratic congressman.

With liquor bottles behind him while he spoke at a Texas fundraiser, Braley told the trial lawyers that “if you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice.”

“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,” Braley said in reference to Grassley.

Conservatives immediately pounced, saying the remark disparaged the work of the large number of Iowan farmers.

Braley faces Republican Joni Ernst in November.


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