It would be tempting for an incumbent to do this, and former Governor Terry Branstad is calling Governor Chet Culver on doing that very thing. They point out he had only twenty official campaign appearances, but yet traveled the state attacking Governor Branstad. They note Governor Culver’s schedule today that lists five appearances around the state touting I-Jobs that happens to coincide with a campaign commercial released that also touts I-Jobs. This afternoon in a press release they quote him directly from an event that took place in Cedar Rapids:
Reporter: “Is there anything you can do to make sure that something like this egg recall we had doesn’t happen again?”
Culver: “Yes. Make sure we don’t elect Terry Branstad on November 2nd.”
Culver followed this by repeating the same, ridiculous charges regarding Jack DeCoster that he made during last night’s debate.
Governor Culver tried to dismiss the charges, and even though Branstad pointed out the difference it doesn’t look like he plans to change anytime soon. From Eastern Iowa Government:
Culver dismissed the suggestion and called the trip official business…
…“It’s different when you go for a ribbon cutting of a business you brought as opposed to just going around to tout a political program that is obviously the big difference in this campaign,” he said. “That is really a political issue. It is not an economic development issue at this point. He’s out there talking politics. It’s not about working with a community to bring a business or jobs to the community at all.”
Culver doesn’t plan to make any changes in his official appearances.
“I’m going to talk about Branstad and his failed record of the past every day between now and Nov. 2,” he said.
Governor Culver, as long as the taxpayers of Iowa are not footing the bill. If they have, your campaign needs to reimburse the state.