We know what our representatives think of us, but they’re usually careful about letting themselves be recorded saying it. Here’s a case of a rising Congressman who messed up.
Representative Bruce Braley (D) of Iowa aspires to replace the retiring Senator Tom Harkin, a long-serving left-wing Democrat. It looks like Braley has a lock on the Democrat nomination, and the state seems likely to return a Democrat to the Senate. Thus Braley is in a good position.
So Braley hit the road to collect campaign funds. He attended a fundraiser in Texas, where he met with lawyers. Unaware that he was being recorded, this is what Braley said to his friends.
“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. 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. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary.”
So the man who would be Senator warns trial lawyers of the dire consequences if Iowa ends up being represented by a — gasp! — farmer. No, lawyers need a lawyer to attend to their interests, and block that nasty tort reform.
Having been exposed, Braley rushed to apologize for his unfortunate remarks.
“I apologize to Sen. Grassley and anyone I may have offended,” Braley said. “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.”
Perhaps he’s sincere. It may be that Braley thinks farmers are just dandy…as long, of course, as they stay on their farms and away from where they don’t belong. Just remember your place and don’t get uppity.
Braley goes on to assure skeptics that he is indeed the farmers’ friend, and not a tool for the lawyers who mocks farm boys.
“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,” Braley said in the statement.
This is what we have representing us. And we wonder why the Republic is in trouble.