Round-Up: Excitement builds over Braley Senate candidacy Print
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Written by Molly Scherrman   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:07
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After yesterday's announcement that Rep. Bruce Braley was taking the first steps toward running for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, one thing is clear: excitement is building about a Braley candidacy.

“I’ve known Bruce Braley since long before he came to Congress.  He’s a good friend, a great congressman, someone who fights passionately for the middle class, for veterans, and for Iowans.”  -Sen. Tom Harkin [The Hawk Eye, 2/8/13]

“The local Democratic Party, almost without exception, welcomes [Braley’s] candidacy, was hoping he would run, thinks he would be the strongest candidate for the party.  So we are very, very pleased.  I think it takes some of the disappointment away from the Harkin announcement.”  -Greg Guelcher, Chair, Woodbury County Democratic Party [Sioux City Journal, 2/7/13]

“There appears to be a lot of support for Braley.”  -Ken Sagar, Treasurer, Iowa Democratic Party  [AP, 2/7/13]

“[Braley] has a reputation for being smart, ambitious, and ready for higher office, Democratic insiders have said.  In November 2012, he earned the most votes of any US House candidate in Iowa.”  [Des Moines Register, 2/7/13]

“The congressman enters the race to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Harkin as the frontrunner.”  [Politico, 2/7/13]

“Iowa Democrats have their man.”  [National Journal, 2/7/13]

“[Braley’s] entrance into the race gives Democrats a top-tier candidate to hold the seat of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin…”  [Roll Call, 2/7/13]

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