2:05 PM, Aug 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Supporters of Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley will raise money Wednesday night at the home of an attorney who once defended a Catholic bishop accused of molesting young boys. Trial lawyer Tim Bottaro will host the fundraiser at his home in Sioux City along with other supporters of Braley's Senate campaign.
Bottaro is a partner at a Sioux City firm that specializes in personal injury, workers compensation, divorce, and similar legal work. He's starred in a few TV commercials, asking potential clients to call his firm at 1-800-I-AM-HURT.
But a few years ago Bottaro also represented the former Bishop of Sioux City, Lawrence Soens, in a number of lawsuits that claimed Soens had sexually abused children. Soens resigned from his office as bishop in 1998 but continued minstering for several years after that. According to the Washington Post, 15 boys who had attended a school at which Soens taught in the 1960s claimed the priest touched them inappropriately "under the guise of discipline." The number of accusers eventually grew to 31. Soens denied the charges, which came amidst a wide-sweeping investigation into alleged abuse in the Diocese of Davenport, where the future bishop was working. The diocese eventually filed for bankruptcy and publicly apologized for the abuse of children by priests.
"The damage has been done as far as his reputation and all the good he has done," Bottaro told the Post in 2007. "There have been a lot of testimonials given that talk about him being an entirely different person back in that time in Iowa City. But there are just as many people, former students, staff, secretaries ... who claim none of those things happened."
In 2009, most of the lawsuits against Soens were dropped "in an attempt to free up the Roman Catholic Church to punish Soens." Bottaro was still representing Soens at that time.
Braley, a four-term congressman and a trial lawyer himself, will be in Sioux City Wednesday afternoon. An email to his campaign to confirm his attendance at Bottaro's fundraiser has not been returned. The event is advertised as a "Bruce Braley Fund Raising Reception."
Braley is running in a tight race for the Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. His Republican opponent is Joni Ernst, a state senator and Iraq veteran.
"A rout?"11:01 AM, Aug 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Shelley Moore Capito leads her Democratic opponent Natalie Tennant by 17 points, according to a new poll of the West Virginia Senate race from Rasmussen Reports. An even 50 percent say they support Capito, the congresswoman and daughter of former governor Arch Moore, while just 33 percent say they support Tennant, the secretary of state.
10:01 AM, Aug 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat John Tierney, a nine-term House incumbent from Massachusetts, couldn't answer a straightforward question about whether his constituents are better or worse off than they were two years ago. At a Democratic primary debate Thursday, each candidate was asked to give a one-word, "yes or no" answer to the question. Every challenger quickly said "no," but when the question came to Tierney, he hestitated and laughed uncomfortably.
"Yes or no?" the moderator asked again.
"There's no towel service!"10:18 AM, Aug 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The race to replace retiring Democratic senator Tom Harkin of Iowa was considered to have favored the Democrat. At first, Republicans didn't appear to have an obvious candidate, and the state has been trending toward the Democrats for years. But the current GOP nominee, state senator Joni Ernst, has surprised many to become one of the best Senate candidates of the 2014 cycle. Ernst is now tied, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.
4:27 PM, Aug 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New York congressman Tim Bishop has a new ad out today—well, it depends on your definition of "new." The Democrat's ad features 10 seconds of testimonials from constituents whose jobs were saved, they say, by Bishop. The ad closes with Bishop giving his own pitch. Watch it below:
3:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner is going after Democratic senator Mark Udall for voting for Obamacare in a new TV ad. The 30-second spot shows the GOP congressman holding up a cancellation letter he received from his health insurance provider.
"When Mark Udall voted for Obamacare, he promised us if we liked our health care plan, we could keep it. Well, you know how that worked out," Gardner says in the ad. "I got a letter saying that my family's plan was canceled. 335,000 Coloradans had their plans canceled, too."
2:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two GOP Senate candidates in blue states are running new TV advertisementss knocking their Democratic opponents over immigration. In Michigan, Republican Terri Lynn Land's campaign has released an ad knocking Democratic congressman Gary Peters for "flip-flopping" on border enforcement and being "two-faced on immigration."
7:39 AM, Aug 6, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich told radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday that if President Barack Obama proceeds to amnesty thousands of illegal immigrants through executive order, Republicans should make the case against such a move the party's "number one" campaign issue for the 2014 midterm elections.
Pryor: "We have a much more secure border today than we did ten years ago."1:56 PM, Aug 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
For the most part, Republican candidates for Congress have been quiet about the immigration crisis on the border, with a few exceptions. But Rep. Tom Cotton, the GOP Senate candidate in Arkansas, has put his Democratic opponent's support for amnesty for illegal immigrants at the center of his new TV ad.
2:03 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Democratic congresswoman told her colleagues at a House hearing Wednesday morning that the debate over a bill that would grandfather in otherwise canceled group plans under the Affordable Care Act reminded her of a comedy skit about "whiners."
"I don't know how many of you recall years ago on Saturday Night Live, there was a segment entitled, 'The Whiners.'" said Anna Eshoo of California. "You know, they sat on the sofa and all they did was whine. They were a broken record. And I can't help but think of that segment on Saturday Night Live."
1:16 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Casual dining establishment TGI Fridays, you may have heard, is advertising what it bills as “endless” appetizers for a mere $10. Yet if you dine at Fridays here in the District of Columbia, you can expect to spend $11, not $10, on the “endless apps,” once DC’s 10 percent dining tax is included.
3:31 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rep. Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, missed three quarters of committee hearings concerning oversight of the Veterans Affairs administration in 2011 and 2012, including one, the Des Moines Register reports, on the same day Braley attended three fundraisers.
Will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.10:30 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia Tuesday. Perdue defeated Republican congressman Jack Kingston, who had the backing of much of the party establishment in Georgia, most of the Republican House delegation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
9:45 AM, Jul 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Gary Palmer, the founder of the conservative Alabama Policy Institute and a candidate for the House of Representatives, won his Republican primary runoff Tuesday against Paul DeMarco. Palmer is running to succeed retiring Republican Spencer Bachus for the GOP-friendly, Birmingham-area district. At National Review Online, Alabama resident Quin Hillyer has more: