Bruce Braley does not seem to have his priorities in order. Last week, it was reported
that he missed 78% of Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings in 2011 and 2012.
When asked why Braley missed these important meetings, his spokesman replied that he was busy with "other responsibilities."
Last night, we found out more about Braley's priorities — fundraisers, fundraisers and... fundraisers!
In fact, the Des Moines Register reported
that Braley skipped an important Veterans’ Affairs Committee meeting on disabled veterans on the same day he attended not one, not two, but THREE
Here are the fundraisers Braley made time for on the same day he missed the Veteran's Affairs Committee meeting:
8:30am - 9:30am: Johnny's Half Shell at a $2,500 per plate breakfast
12pm: $1,000 per person lunch at DC law firm, DLA Piper
6:00pm - 7:30pm: Reception on K Street for $2,500 a person
Now, the Braley campaign is making excuses for their absence at the Veterans Affairs Committee.
They claim he attended an Oversight Committee hearing during the same time -- 10:19 AM EDT and 11:54 AM EDT. Problem is, C-SPAN footage
of Government Oversight hearing that Braley's staff claimed he was at (you know, as an excuse for missing the Veteran's Committee Hearing) clearly shows that the Congressman was not seated in his chair during the entire hearing.
Click here for more screenshots from the Government Oversight hearing.
Review of the official transcript of the hearing shows he said absolutely nothing
So where was Bruce Braley? His excuses have only left us with more questions (via Iowa GOP)
Did Bruce Braley actually attend this hearing?
What time did Bruce Braley arrive at the House Oversight hearing?
Is there a reason that Bruce Braley decided not to speak at this hearing?
How long did Bruce Braley attend this hearing for?
Assuming that Bruce Braley was at this hearing, at what time did he depart from the hearing?
Does Bruce Braley really attend his committee hearings in Washington or does he check some box to fool voters back in Iowa that he's doing his job?