Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has endorsed Rep. Bruce Braley in his 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate. Harkin joined Braley to make the endorsement official at an event at the Hotel Fort Des Moines this afternoon.
“When I was campaigning for Bruce during his first run for Congress in 2006, I knew he was the real thing: a passionate progressive, a natural-born leader. He is someone from humble roots, who in the time he has been in Congress, has fought for working people and the struggling middle class. Bruce Braley has already proved his skill at fighting for the people of Iowa. That is why, today, I am proud to endorse him in his campaign for U.S. Senate.”
In January, Harkin announced that he was retiring from the Senate when his current term ends. Two weeks later, Braley announced that he had formed a campaign committee to run for the open seat.
Braley has received a wave of endorsements in recent weeks, capped off by today’s announcement. In February, Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and former Rep. Leonard Boswell announced their endorsement; in March, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald endorsed; on April 3rd, 71 Iowa legislators announced their endorsement of Braley. Eleven Iowa labor organizations have also endorsed Braley.
On Monday, Braley reported he had raised $1.07 million for his Senate campaign and has over $1 million cash on hand as of March 30. Iowans from all 99 counties have contributed to Braley for Iowa.