image “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?  Whatcha gonna do when The Lug is after you?”

Ok, that was lame, but this story last weekend is just plain odd, from KCCI:

A Des Moines man thought a crazy person was tailgating him in a pursuit Sunday afternoon. It turned out to be Gov. Chet Culver’s car, with the governor inside.

A camera in a West Des Moines police car shows Culver and his son John climbing out of their official GMC Yukon. The governor’s driver was dressed in a light casual shirt. He’s a plainclothes state trooper working for the executive protection unit.

The pursuit ended near Grand and Interstate 35. It started just a few minutes earlier.

On Tuesday, state public safety officials identified the driver who complained as Ed Allen, of West Des Moines. State trooper Michael Clyde said Allen was driving erratically, while Allen claims the SUV tried to cut him off. (read the rest)

Somebody want to explain to the state trooper responsible for the Governor’s welfare that when he is on protection detail – traffic enforcement is not in his purview?  Just saying, that was completely reckless – call it in.  It seems strange that Mr. Allen was let go without a ticket or a warning.

Hmmm… Mr. Allen demanded an apology from the Governor, and the spokesperson from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Courtney Greene, said, “The governor wasn’t driving. He was a passenger driven by the state trooper. So I don’t think the governor owes anyone an apology.”  Since when is it the responsibility of a DPS spokesperson to issue a statement like that?

I agree with her though, unless Governor Culver was telling his driver to go after him he really doesn’t have anything to apologize for.

Still bad PR though, like he hasn’t gotten enough of that.  To that end I’ll share with you dashboard cam footage set to appropriate music provided by Craig Robinson at The Iowa Republican.

Update: KCCI video, and the driver filed a complaint.

1 comment
  1. As a former DPS worker myself, I think I can safely say that the DPS does a good job of protecting their own. A number of years ago, I was in one of two vehicles that were almost run off an icy interstate by a reckless state trooper and when I called with the car number, time, location etc.; I got a call back from a trooper I knew saying that the driver (trooper) “didn’t recall” driving recklessly, doubted that he wold do such a thing, and proceeded to, irrelevantly, educate me that all “Republicans are speeders.”

    Good luck getting an apology from anyone at DPS in any situation! Although this is a good lesson that flipping anyone the bird is asking for trouble. 🙂

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