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Braley Goes on TV Touting Humble Upbringing

And two outside groups weigh in on the GOP primary.

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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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