Branstad, who talked with reporters Wednesday after an Iowa Statehouse bill signing ceremony to revise Iowa’s corn promotion checkoff, was unrelenting in his remarks about Braley’s criticism of Grassley.
“I think it is awful. I think it is terrible, that somebody running for office in Iowa would go to Texas to raise money from trial lawyers and then put down our senior senator and the farmers of the state of Iowa,” Branstad said. “And I think that this is something that Iowans will not forget. Agriculture is something that is important to this state, and we were there in the nation’s Capitol to honor one of the greatest humanitarians of all time who was a farmer, who became a great agriculture researcher and saved a billion people. And it is just unthinkable.”
Translation: It will be a cold day in Hell before I sign off on any attempt to let the Democrats remove Bruce Braley from the primary and substitute somebody else. This is relevant because the deadline for filing for the primary has passed, and Braley is the only Democrat on the ticket for IA-SEN. And since the legislature is split, and the governor is of the other party, getting that rule changed would not exactly be a trivial exercise for the Democrats.
And that, class, is why you should always have contested primaries. You never know when your handpicked Iowa Senate candidate will go tell a bunch of Texas tort lawyers why it’s absolutely vital that an Iowa farmer not be given a position of power and authority in the US Senate. After the filing deadline.
*Which I didn’t cover only because Dan McLaughlin in that link said everything that I would have.