DES MOINES – Washington liberal Bruce Braley has made no secret of his affection for North Carolina trial lawyer John Edwards. Not only has Braley said that Edwards was a key factor in his decision to run for Congress, but he has also gone to great lengths to describe how similar he is to him.
“Washington liberal Bruce Braley is so arrogant that he proudly credits disgraced trial lawyer John Edwards as a motiving factor behind his decision to become a U.S. Congressman,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “After bragging about their backgrounds, the similarities between Bruce Braley and John Edwards are truly endless.”
In April 2003, John Edwards Announced Braley’s Endorsement For President. “The level of commitment required is much higher than a traditional primary, because activists must agree to attend a neighborhood meeting where they’ll spend all night arguing politics and publicly declaring their preferences. Other activists signing on with Edwards included: Eric Bagley, a student activist from Mason City; Rod Bakke, an officer of the Dubuque County Democrats; Bruce Braley, a Waterloo lawyer and official of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association….” (Mike Glover, “Edwards Announces Endorsement From Activists,” The Associated Press, 4/3/03)
In 2005, Braley Got The Urge To Run For Congress “After Getting Involved In John Edwards’s Presidential Campaign.” “Braley, who got the urge to run for office after getting involved in John Edwards’ presidential campaign, said he will formally announce his campaign for Congress later this year. ‘In the meantime, I’ve been busy getting around the district talking to party activists and central committees on the issues and trying to expand my base of contacts so that I’m seen as a viable candidate in June of 2006,’ Braley said.” (Mary Rae Bragg, “Braley Hopes To Parlay Local Ties Into 1st District Run; Waterloo Democrat’s Wife Is A Graduate Of Dubuque Wahlert,” Telegraph Herald, 2/20/05)
In 2007, Braley Described Himself And John Edwards As Very Similar. BRALEY: “I grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa. Population: 1,400. His father as you all know worked in a mill. My father worked in a grain elevator. His mother worked in a post office. My mother was a schoolteacher. John Edwards worked to put himself through college at North Carolina State. And I worked multiple jobs to put myself through college at Iowa State. John Edwards went to Law School at University of North Carolina. I went to law school at the University of Iowa. He’s practice law for twenty years in North Carolina fighting for justice for his clients many times against powerful special interest. I spent 24 years of my life practicing law right here in waterloo fighting for justice for the people I represented, oftentimes against powerful special interests. So as you can see, we have nothing in common.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, Remarks At Campaign Event, Waterloo, IA, 12/3/07)
Braley Endorsed John Edwards For President In 2008. BRALEY “And as I thought about the candidate I wanted to support in this very critical presidential race, I thought about the criticism that Senator Edwards has received from some commentators for saying he wanted to fight the people of this country, but you know what, folks, I want a president who’s going to fight for the soul of America because that’s what we need is somebody who’s going to restore the trust in this country around the world and give people in this country hope and faith that their president believes in them, is going to be thinking about them every day he or she is in the White House and that’s why I’m proud to announce that I am endorsing John Edwards in the 2008 presidential campaign.” (Rep. Bruce Braley, Remarks At Campaign Event, Waterloo, IA, 12/3/07)
Bruce Braley has been in Washington for 8 years and was recently in Texas for a political fundraiser where he belittled Senator Chuck Grassley for being just a farmer, with no law degree. Additionally, during the 112th Congress, Braley skipped 75 percent of the full Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearings.