Yesterday, Northey’s office made the following comment when asked about how Culver’s 10% cut would affect his department.
“Secretary Bill Northey, is independently elected and doesn’t answer to Gov. Chet Culver. However, the agency faces a 10 percent cut – or $1.87 million — in its general-fund money.
Northey said his agency now has the equivalent of 371 full-time employees, the fewest the agency has had in more than 20 years. He noted that his agency already laid off three employees and furloughed 38 more last budget year, and he said more layoffs are possible.”
Krusty Kudos. It’s nice to see an elected official stand up and say this is my department and I answer to nobody except the voters.
Is Chet Culver too Fat?
I’m glad that my liberal counterparts have finally decided to weigh in on the matter. In 2006 they ridiculed me from mentioning Culver’s weight. Heck it was my liberal friend John Deeth who took this photo of Culver that lead me to write about the subject.
Bleeding Heartland looks at the contentious Corzine-Christie gubernatorial race in New Jersey. Corzine is older and healthy looking. Chris Christie looks like he invented Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, or is Chet’s long lost brother. Corzine has been running ads that says things like, Chris Christie has been throwing his weight around.
It seems like my liberal counter parts don’t know what to do. Is Culver’s weight going to be an issue or not? Will his opponents educate Iowans on the special fat-man chair that was installed in his SUV? Who knows.
I do know this, image matters in politics. It always has. The problem Culver has is that his own campaign played the “Big Lug” card in his 2006 campaign. If Culver suddenly gets fit people are going to wonder if he’s just lost weight to win his election. That’s not a good thing for him either.
It will be interesting to see how the New Jersey race ends up. It’s not like that state is fertile ground for Republicans. Just the fact that it’s a race is good news for Republicans. As for here in Iowa, I think the Republicans candidates don’t need to make it an issue. There is enough to focus on besides his weight.
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