Another Rough Week For Rep. Braley

It was another rough week for Congressman Bruce Braley. As news surfaced that he lied to farmers about siding with the EPA, he continues to support relocating the Guantanamo Bay detainees to a facility near Iowa and his allies are so desperate that they’re attacking Ernst’s military record.

The News That Drove The Week … 

CNN reports that Iowa is a dead heat that favors the GOP. Look at this dead heat. … Again in a normal midterm year that would tell me if that number holds and that race is still that close on election day, that tells me the Republican is going to win because of voter intensity and the anti-president sentiment.  

NBC News reports that Iowa is a toss-up and that’s not good news for Democrats. The contest between Bruce Braley (D) and Joni Ernst (R) is truly a 50%-50% contest, and that isn’t good news for Democrats, who are going to need to use their superior in-state organization to pull out the way.

Congressman Latham chided Congressman Braley for being the only Iowan to vote against the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. “It is troubling that Congressman Braley was the only Iowan to vote for the EPA over farmers, and even worse he then claimed he had a different position. There is no shortage of Washington politicians that never mean what they say. Iowans expect more from their own representatives, especially on such an important issue to our state’s workforce and economic security.”

Politico reports that Senator Kelly Ayotte criticized Braley for his desire to relocate Guantanamo Bay detainees to the Midwest. Just ahead of Barack Obama’s primetime address to the nation about his ISIL strategy, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) headlined a press conference call to attack Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley for supporting the closure of Guantanamo Bay and for wanting to move prisoners to a facility just across the Iowa state line in Illinois.

The Sioux City Journal reports that Ayotte took Braley to task on his plan to house terrorists near Iowa. “I think (Braley’s) plan to house terrorists in Iowa’s backyard is not only dangerous but also could present a number of legal issues that could make it more challenging for us to gather intelligence when we need to protect our country as we interrogate those individuals,” Ayotte said.

Additionally, Braley voted this summer to fund the transfer detainees out of Guantanamo Bay. As the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reportsBraley voted June 19against an amendment to a Department of Defense appropriations bill prohibiting the use of funds to transfer or release detainees to their country of origin or to any other foreign country. He also supported an amendment allowing funds to modify any U.S. facility to house any individual detained at Guantanamo, according to congressional records.

Senator John McCain blasted Braley and his allies for attacking Joni Ernst’s military service. As Roll Call reportsSen. John McCain, R-Ariz., blasted a mailer from a group supporting Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, for a “disgusting attack” on Republican Joni Ernst’s military service.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that McCain called on Braley to condemn this disgusting attack. Sen. John McCain is calling on U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley to condemn a super PAC’s ad claiming Republican Joni Ernst is undercutting American troops’ efforts. “This time they’ve gone too far,” McCain said in a statement Tuesdaymorning about an ad run by NextGen Climate. The ad is part of what McCain called “the most negative campaign Iowa has ever seen” being run by U.S. Rep Braley and his allies.

Other than his support for raising the Social Security retirement age, the Des Moines Register reports that Braley has failed to reveal how he’d protect and preserve Social Security.  His campaign has not offered much more detail than his opponent on what specifically must be done to preserve it.

The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports that a Democrat poll shows Ernst leading Braley. Despite the groups’ progressive politics, the poll also showed more than half of the respondents would be more likely to support the candidate who wanted to repeal and replace Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, and who would roll back government regulations that hurt job growth. It gave a slight edge to the Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, 45 percent to Braley’s 43 percent, with 12 percent undecided.

The Weekly Standard reports that on February 15, 2012, Braley skipped the Veterans’ Affairs hearing with Secretary Shinseki but found time for his own fundraiser. Bruce Braley, the Democratic congressman from Iowa running for the U.S. Senate, was not listed as present at a February 2012 House hearing with then-Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki. … The Iowa congressman was in Washington that day, however. Earlier that morning, Braley was just blocks from the U.S. Capitol attending a Democratic fundraiser.

The Quad City Times reports that on September 20, 2012, Braley skipped the Veterans’ Affairs hearing but found time for three fancy fundraisers that day. Now, the fundraisers. The VA Committee hearing in question was on Sept. 20, 2012. And the Braley campaign has confirmed he attended three fundraisers that day.