Koch-backed veterans group hits Bruce Braley in Iowa Senate race

Concerned Veterans for America, a organization that is part of the of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' political network, is hitting Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) for missing Veterans Affairs Committee meetings.

"When our veterans needed him, Bruce Braley was AWOL," says the narrator of a new TV ad. The commercial opens by mentioning the VA scandal that exploded into the public's view this year involving false record-keeping and long wait times for treatment.

The Des Moines Register reported this week that Braley missed 15 of the 20 Veterans' Affairs Committee meetings in 2011 and 2012.

Braley is running against state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in a key Senate battleground. Polls show a close race.

“It’s insulting that the oil billionaire Koch brothers are trying to play politics with our veterans and distort the real and personal impact Bruce Braley has had on the lives of thousands of veterans in Iowa and across the nation,” responded state representative and Iowa National Guard Major Todd Prichard, on behalf of the Braley campaign. “Bruce Braley’s number one priority is delivering results for Iowa veterans—and I know firsthand that he has the record to prove it."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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