Friday, March 24, 2006

Finally Some Rough and Tumble for the Dems

The Liberal Lion has a great post analyzing the consequences of this article from today's Quad Cities Times over on the Quad Cities Back Stage blog.

While LL offers critique into what this may mean for the Dem primary in IA-01, I just want to make my point that I am simply happy something is happening at all in that race. This blog has been completely dominated by Republican infighting until now, so to see some of their liberal counterparts going at it in the mainstream media is refreshing to me. Until today, all that's been covered by the accredited press on the Democratic side of the contest is the candidates' stances on snoozer issues like Medicare Part D.

Though I am glad some controversy is developing to give a little flavor to the race, I have to agree with Liberal Lion that Dickinson's technique here was a bit lacking. If the GOP bloggers on this site criticize the Brian Kennedy backers for being harsh on Whalen for donating to Democrats and hosting Al Gore at his restaurant, I think this attack by Dickinson could be seen in the same light. According to the article the case in question, in which trial lawyer Braley unsuccessfully represented a woman in a sexual harrassment suit against a labor union, took place 12 years ago in 1994. Dickinson posits that because he argued against the labor union in '94 on behalf of the woman, Braley is obviously not as pro-union as he would have the Democrats believe.

This seems like a bit of a reach to me. This case was twelve years ago and Braley was advocating for a woman which the article even graphically describes to have been harrassed. I don't think a logical connection can be made to say that because of this Braley was anti-union then, let alone now.

I hope the Dems keep going after each other to provide us with some liberal entertainment, but Rick, please pick your fights better. How long has your campaign been sitting on this information thinking that it is a goldmine, just waiting for the right moment to release it, when in reality it is nothing but a misguided stretching of illogical reasoning. As I see it, the only valid point to come out of this for the Dems to consider is discussed in the last paragraph of the Lion's post:

"In the event Dickinson wins, Dickinson will need the financial support of trial lawyers like Braley to take on whoever the Republican candidate is. Rather than taking on Braley's entire record, he is trying to narrow his attack to questioning Braley's commitment to unions. Republicans won't be as generous."


Anonymous Infamous Scribbler said...

Saints preserve us! This is all enough to make me burn my voter registration card. (Not that such a thing would prevent me from voting most places...)

2:02 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcia Nichols of AFSCME isn't bothered by Braley's representation of a sexual harassment victim. Mike Ironside of the Machinists isn't bothered by Braley's representation of a sexual harassment victim. Seems both of them feel that their union members should be held accountable for their actions.

Only Dickinson (who received neither AFSCME or the Machinists backing losing out to Braley) seems to think that sexual harassment should be condoned if the person who is being harassed crossed a picket line.

Hooray to Bruce Braley for standing up for human rights, shame on Rick Dickinson for thinking women shouldn't have any.

3:05 PM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

I agree. I thought this line from the Times article was interesting...a very brazen quote from the Dickinson team.

'“Suing a labor union on behalf of a scab is beyond the pale,” Keith Breitbach, Dickinson’s campaign manager, said in an interview recently.'

3:19 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The labor union (knowing Braley represented a sexual harassment victim against members of the union 12 years previously) still chose Braley over Dickinson. Maybe it was Braley's integrity and desire to see ALL people treated with respect that sold the union on him. I wonder why they don't like Dickinson?

3:27 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce is that you?

3:34 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith, get back to work. Rick has paid you too much money to have you sitting on the internet spreading Braley rumors. Be careful or I'll tell your other Trial Lawyer clients your bad mouthing a fellow member

3:38 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:27,

Is there some specific overture you're making about Dickinson here?

3:38 PM, March 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:38

Yes, this attack was poorly planned and just plain tacky. Did I not say it plainly enough in my previous post?

3:42 PM, March 24, 2006  
Blogger F.B. Jones said...

I came across your blog,and was wondering where in eastern Iowa you are. I was born and raised in Eastern Iowa. I can't find alot of us on blogspot.

3:00 PM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Braley got the Iowa Federation of Labor Endorsement - guess union folks aren't too pissed off at him.

Why not a special entry on that?

12:13 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Scoop Iowa said...

Well it's not as interesting as the Dickinson attack message, but I suppose it is notable that Braley has amassed many more Union endorsements to date that Dickinson, if I'm not mistaken.

Anon 2:13, you are correct. That is why I think the Dickinson attempt to discredit Braley with the Union folks based on this suit is a bit misguided.

6:59 AM, March 28, 2006  

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