Outgoing Democratic Iowa Senator Harkin made some shall we say, “interesting” remarks about Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

“Joni Ernst, she’s really attractive and she sounds nice. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rodgers, but if she votes like Michelle Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.”

Ernst was not impressed by Harkin’s apparent crush on her saying, “I was very offended that Senator Harking would say that. I think it’s unfortunate that he and many in their party believe that you can’t be a real woman if you’re Conservative and you’re female. Again, I am greatly offended about that.”

Was the late disclosure of the Harkin comments a dirty trick?

Too bad, Harkin is front and center in Bruce Braley’s final messaging:

Perhaps Taylor Swift has something to say about it:

Ernst is currently polling ahead of Democratic challenger, Bruce Braley by just over a point, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

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