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Liberal group asks: “Will Governor Branstad ever take responsibility for anything?”

Matt Sinovic with Amanda Ragan and Sharon Steckman at Cerro Gordo County Courthouse in 2012
Matt Sinovic with Amanda Ragan and Sharon Steckman at Cerro Gordo County Courthouse in 2012

DES MOINES – Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic released the following statement regarding the revelation that a vehicle transporting Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds was pulled over for speeding in August, as reported in numerous news outlets on Friday:

“This is the same old Terry Branstad, letting his driver take the fall and refusing to take responsibility. It’s unfortunate but not surprising, since our Governor is a forty-year career politician who thinks he’s above the law.”

“Just a little over one month after pledging that vehicles carrying him would no longer speed, Governor Branstad’s vehicle was pulled over for speeding in Franklin County. Instead of taking responsibility for this new speeding incident, the Governor said nothing publicly until now. Even when the story broke, his spokesman did not indicate Governor Branstad would take responsibility for the incident.”

“This latest incident is part of a larger trend with Governor Branstad. Whenever anything goes wrong, he tries to blame others and avoid all responsibility. Whether it is these speeding incidents, mismanagement and understaffing in Iowa’s corrections system, or controversies regarding the Iowa Veterans Home or Iowa Juvenile Home, Governor Branstad never takes responsibility. Governor Branstad needs to start living by Harry Truman’s famous saying that ‘the buck stops here.’”

Background:

Official: 2nd Iowa trooper sped with Branstad

http://siouxcityjournal.com/ap/state/official-nd-iowa-trooper-sped-with-branstad/article_00d0229d-08f8-54ff-b988-65ebf01ad19d.htm

Gov. Branstad driver stopped for speeding again

http://thegazette.com/2013/09/27/gov-branstad-driver-stopped-for-speeding-again/

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