Under Fire for Critical 'Farmer' Comment, Rep. Braley Sues Neighbor over Therapeutic Chickens

July 15, 2014

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) was forced to apologize to his state’s senior U.S. Senator, Charles Grassley, after Braley was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.” 

Those comments were made by Braley during a speech to a gathering of trial lawyers in Texas. First elected to Congress in 2006, Braley previously served as president of the “Iowa Association for Justice” from 2003 to 2004.

In the wake of the “farmer” comment controversy, Braley is in the news again after he threatened legal action against the homeowner’s association where he owns a vacation home — over a neighbor’s “four therapeutic chickens.”

According to this report, the dispute caused the Holiday Lake Owner’s Association “to incur nearly $1,700 in legal fees after Braley retained a lawyer and implied that he would bring legal action against the association if the chickens were not contained.”

The neighbor, Pauline M. Hampton, reportedly tried to resolve the dispute amicably:

“I only found out about the complaint being filed when I went over and offered [the Braleys] a dozen fresh, organic eggs from the chickens,” Hampton said. “[Carolyn Braley] refused to take them, stating she had filed a complaint against me. I offer all of my eggs to my neighbors, they are the only ones who have refused.”

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