CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Democratic congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa is making a bipartisan pitch to constituents in the wake of the partial government shutdown. That can be a tough sell with voters skeptical of those seeking re-election or higher office.
On recent stops in his Iowa district, Braley skipped overt criticism of Republicans, an omission aimed at convincing surly voters that Democrats are the better bet for breaking congressional gridlock.
Polls show voters of all political stripes are down on Washington, especially after the shutdown. While people blame Republicans more, Democrats are hardly immune to criticism and easily could be fired next year.
Braley and many other Democrats are treading carefully. They are avoiding the partisan slashing that marked the shutdown crisis, and seeking to take advantage of a possible political opening.