The National Republican Senatorial Committee wants to know whether Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley will allow journalists to attend his speech Thursday evening at the "ritzy" New York Trial Lawyers Association dinner.
In a press release first obtained by the Washington Examiner, the NRSC asks: "Will journalists be permitted to attend [Braley's] ritzy trial lawyers event in New York City?
'Bruce Braley was caught promising out-of-state trial lawyers that he would be their voice in the Senate, and Iowans have a right to know what he's now promising them behind closed doors,' said NRSC press secretary Brook Hougesen. 'If Bruce Braley has nothing to hide, he'll invite journalists to witness his latest closed-door meeting with the powerful out-of-state trial lawyers that fund his campaign.'"
Braley was caught on tape telling Texas trial lawyers that allowing Republicans to retake the Senate meant risking the possibility of a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That "farmer" is Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Braley's remarks, which caused controversy when they were publicized in March, inspired a spoof video called "God Made a Trial Lawyer," modeled on the legendary "God Made a Farmer" speech by Paul Harvey.
The Washington Examiner reported in March that misspelled farming terms were found on the Braley campaign's website.