When will the traditional media wake up and realize that Governor Chet Culver is in some real trouble? Survey USA is out with its June approve/disapprove numbers and Culver’s numbers continue to paint a bad picture for the first term governor.
51% of those surveyed disapproved of the job Governor Culver is doing leading the state. Only 42% approve. In April, Survey USA reported that 50% disapproved of Culver’s performance, while 42% approved. These numbers typically get better once the legislative session comes to a close because the media focus on the state’s finances dissipates. Culver didn’t get that bounce which tells us that he is in some serious trouble.
With Iowa’s unemployment rate at its highest level in over 22 years, and a huge billion dollar budget hole going into the next legislative session, Culver is in a difficult position as he enters into his re-election campaign. These numbers will continue to haunt Culver, and he might have to deal with them sooner rather than later.
With the 2009 fiscal year coming to a close at the end of this month, there is a chance that Culver will not have enough money to balance the budget. If that scenario plays out, he is either going to have dip into the remaining $200 million of stimulus money, or he might have to call the legislature back into session. Neither are good options for Culver.
Well, that’s all folks. I’m going to watch the final round of the US Open. Go Lefty!
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