Congressman Bruce Braley Blames Neighbor For His Legal Threat

Braley Fails To Take Responsibility For Threatening Legal Action Against His Neighbor

DES MOINES – The arrogance of Congressman Bruce Braley has reemerged, as he recently blamed his neighbor for his decision to threaten legal action over chickens.

As CNN reports:


“Congressman Bruce Braley is now blaming his neighbor for his decision to threaten a lawsuit against her,” said Republican Party of Iowa spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “If Congressman Braley doesn’t even take responsibility for picking a legal fight with his next-door neighbor over a couple of chickens, how can we ever trust him in Washington?” 

BACKGROUND …

After Picking A Legal Fight With His Neighbor

Braley Threatened Legal Action Against His Vacation Home Neighbor Because A FewChickens Stepped On His Property. “Braley’s legal problem started this spring when a chicken crossed his property line. Braley’s wife Carolyn attended a May 8 meeting of the Holiday Lake Owner’s Association to complain about the fowl. The dispute escalated, causing the association to incur nearly $1,700 in legal fees after Braley called the association’s attorney with an implied threat of legal action.” (“Braley Threatened Litigation Over Chickens At Holiday Lake Vacation Home,” Iowa Republican, 07/14/14)

Bill Nagle A Member Of The Holiday Lake Owner’s Association Said Braley Escalated The Problem By Threatening Legal Action To Resolve The Dispute. “It’s stupid that it went this far. Any reasonable person would have talked to their neighbor in a reasonable fashion instead [of threatening legal action],” said Bill Nagle, an association board member. “For being brought up on a farm, he sure has lost his rural, farm values.” (“Braley Threatened Litigation Over Chickens At Holiday Lake Vacation Home,” Iowa Republican, 07/14/14)

Congressman Bruce Braley Blames His Neighbor

CONGRESSMAN BRUCE BRALEY: “‘What’s so strange about this story is it’s an example of where, when somebody else’s animals are in your yard, you’re the bad neighbor,’ Braley said.” (Dana Bash, CNN09/17/14)