Iowa’s Longest Serving Democrat Treasurer Attacks Braley

Good afternoon folks –

The Democrat blame game around Congressman Bruce Braley’s flailing campaign intensified today. The latest Democrat to point fingers is Michael Fitzgerald – who has been Iowa’s Treasurer since 1983. In an interview published today, Fitzgerald criticized Congressman Braley for attacking Senator Grassley for being just a farmer who never went to law school:

  • “Iowans, most of us kind of consider ourselves farmers,” said state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, a Democrat. “That was just an incredibly stupid statement he made, and I’m sure he’s regretted it every day. I think he’d be winning by 5 or 6 points without that.” (Jon Ward, Is Iowa’s Joni Ernst A Pragmatist Or A Partisan? The Senate’s Balance Of Power Could Hinge On The Answer, Yahoo10/22/14)

That’s not all. A recent report reveals that Senate Democrats are unhappy with the White House as their beef now is that the official White House transcript from Michelle Obama’s event said that she spoke at an event for Democratic Candidate for GovernorBruce Braley.

  • “The relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration’s press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The problem: The subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the ‘Democratic candidate for governor.’” (Josh Krashaar, Senate Democratic Officials Start Lashing Out At White House, National Journal10/22/14)
  • “‘The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing,’ one senior Senate Democratic aide told National Journal.” (Josh Krashaar, Senate Democratic Officials Start Lashing Out At White House, National Journal, 10/22/14)

Let’s not forget, all of this in fighting comes on the heels of Congressman Braley blaming Senator Harkin for not transferring his campaign war chest to his campaign.

  • “It is ridiculous that … Tom Harkin is sitting on over $2 million in his campaign account,” said one senior Democratic aide. Harkin’s refusal to give is all the more exasperating, the aide said, because Braley “has seen Tom as a mentor.” Harkin declined to be interviewed, but a spokeswoman for the senator, Susannah Cernojevich, strongly disputed that the Iowa senator was being stingy.” (Manu Raju, As Democrats sweat Iowa, Sen. Tom Harkin sits on millions, Politico, 10/17/14)