Dem Apologizes to Grassley for 'Farmer' Slur in Campaign Speech

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | March 26, 2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) is campaigning to replace the retiring Sen. Tom Harkin come November.  Yet, he could have problems explaining these remarks at a fundraiser last January.  Apparently, Braley is committed to stopping a farmer takeover of the Senate Judiciary Committee by "farmer" Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

"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 and 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 next Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee."

Braley reportedly apologized to Sen. Grassley in person last Tuesday and delivered this statement (via Politico):

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."

The Democrat also insisted that he's the better candidate for Iowa's farmers.

"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 even has a farmer section of on his own campaign site.

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