Braley encouraged by support for Senate run

Since his recent announcement that he’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has been encouraged with the support he’s received from leaders in his party.

He has the backing of Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and former Congressman Leonard Boswell announced his endorsement for Braley Monday.

“It’s very gratifying,” Braley said during a visit to Marshalltown Monday. “I’m very honored by the showing of support by Democratic leaders from within the state.”

Braley, who currently serves in the U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District which includes Marshalltown, said he wants to run for Senate to have an impact statewide in Iowa.

“I can do more to help the state of Iowa serving in the Senate,” Braley said.

No Republican has officially announced a candidacy, but fellow congressmen Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa are weighing their options.

“I’m sure that whomever the Republican nominee is they will be a strong opponent,” Braley said. “So that’s why I’m preparing for a very competitive campaign. Even though it’s going to be tough, I’m very excited about the opportunity.”