Trial lawyers try to influence politics everywhere

Trial lawyers – the people who make fortunes through lawsuits that result in awards far beyond the real damage suffered by plaintiffs – may have become the top special interest group controlling U.S. politics. They are so affluent and determined to block tort reform that many range widely outside their home states.

So it was that a group of lawyers in Texas recently listened to a fund-raising pitch by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa. He is running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Braley tried to ingratiate himself with the potential out-of-state donors by telling them he is “someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years …”

His opponent, Grassley, is a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school,” Braley added.

Shines a whole new light on Democrats like Braley who claim to represent the little guy against rich elitists, doesn’t it?

But money is everything in politics. No doubt Braley will collect tons from trial lawyers eager to protect their turf.

His attitude and theirs is something area residents should keep in mind. Rich, elitist trial lawyers, many from out of state, attempt to influence politics in our state, too.