IOWA

Braley Goes on TV Touting Humble Upbringing

And two outside groups weigh in on the GOP primary.

Andrea Drusch
April 25, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

In his first TV ad of the cycle, Rep. Bruce Bra­ley (D) is selling his work his­tory as a teen­ager in the Hawkeye state. The minute-long spot is likely de­signed to put to bed cri­ti­cism Bra­ley re­ceived for the vir­al clips of him sug­gest­ing Sen. Chuck Grass­ley (R) was a “farm­er from Iowa who nev­er went to law school.” The ad pitches Bra­ley’s de­cision to go to law school as mo­tiv­ated by a de­sire to help oth­ers fa­cing hard times after his fath­er was in­jured in the work­place. Bra­ley’s moth­er is fea­tured dis­cuss­ing his char­ac­ter as a young man, tak­ing on a pa­per route and sev­er­al farm jobs be­fore even­tu­ally fund­ing his own col­lege edu­ca­tion. The ad be­gins run­ning today and will run in­def­in­itely. (Des Moines Re­gister)

THE OUT­SIDERS: Sen­ate Con­ser­vat­ives Fund is throw­ing its sup­port be­hind state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in the Re­pub­lic­an primary race. The group launched a web­site for its mem­bers to donate dir­ectly to her cam­paign. (re­lease)

A second group, Trees of Liberty, is go­ing on TV with a $257,000 buy to hit busi­ness­man Mark Jac­obs (R) for his stance on cap and trade. It will run through May 2 in a hand­ful of mar­kets. Ernst and Jac­obs are both com­pet­ing in a five-way June 3 primary. (Des Moines Re­gister)

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The five Re­pub­lic­an primary con­tenders kept the gloves on in their first de­bate, tak­ing few shots at each oth­er and fo­cus­ing Demo­crat­ic op­pon­ent Bra­ley. Loc­al pa­pers be­moaned the lack of di­versity among the can­did­ates. The Omaha World-Her­ald re­por­ted that after 90 minutes of agree­ing on vir­tu­ally everything, the can­did­ates were still stumped when asked in­di­vidu­ally how they stood out from the field. (Omaha World-Her­ald)

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