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July 27th, 2009

Rep. Burt was Drinking with Governor Culver before February Arrest

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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rep-burtI think he (Kerry Burt) has a very good record, and I stand behind him at this point, and I’m 100 percent with him.”

That was the quote from Speaker of the House Pat Murphy just one week ago. Murphy’s statement followed the news that Rep. Burt had knowingly used a false address to save tens of thousands of dollars on tuition for his children.

Last night on the 10 o’clock news, Dave Price of WHO TV 13 showed exclusive footage of Rep. Burt’s drunk driving arrest during the early morning hours of February 11th. The footage shows Burt saying, “I better show you this, I’m a representative.” He also said, “I’m also a firefighter. Is there professional courtesy?” Burt also claimed that he couldn’t be arrested because he is a state representative.

Those were not the only new details we learned in the video. Burt also told the arresting officer that he was drinking with Governor Chet Culver. Additionally, the three people that Burt contacted after being arrested were Speaker of the House Pat Murphy, Iowa Department of Public Safety Communications Director Courtney Greene, and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Gene Meyer.

One has to wonder how in the world Speaker Murphy can say that Rep. Burt has been a very good legislator in his first term as a representative when he has been arrested for drunk driving and investigated for defrauding his kids’ school of $37,000.00? Is Speaker Murphy somehow implying that, since Rep. Burt supported the union agenda, he is a good legislator despite all of his legal problems?

The common theme in all of Rep. Burt’s legal issues is that he believes he deserves special treatment because of who he is and the positions he holds. The video of his arrest shows Rep. Burt asking for special treatment numerous times. When those attempts fail, he then begins to drop names, which can be construed as another way to ask for leniency.

The following are his attempts for leniency the night he was arrested.

1. “I better show you this, I’m a Representative”
2. “Do you want to do this?”
3. “I’m also a firefighter, is there any professional courtesy?”
4. “I actually cannot be under arrest” because he’s a state representative.
5. When asked how much he drank, Rep. Burt said, “It’s not so much what I’ve been drinking, but who I’ve been drinking with.” Rep. Burt then whispered, “The Governor.”
6. At the Ankeny jail, Rep. Burt tells officers that he can call three people to get him out, Speaker of the House Pat Murphy, Iowa Department of Public Safety Communications Director Courtney Greene and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Gene Meyer.

Rep. Burt’s behavior the night of his arrest is similar to the behavior that State Auditor Dave Vaudt cited in his investigation of Rep. Burt shorting the Malcolm Price Laboratory School $37,000.00 in tuition. Even though Rep. Burt didn’t live within the school zone of the Price Laboratory School, he falsified documents saying that he did.

Rep. Burt confronted two Price Lab school officials at a legislative breakfast after being investigated. During that meeting, Rep. Burt told UNI President Benjamin Allen and school Principal J.D. Cryer that he was one of the parents being investigated for falsifying their address. It is unknown whether or not Rep. Burt approached President Allen or Principal Cryer for assistance with the investigation.

With the details of Rep. Burt’s arrest now known, will Speaker Murphy continue to back the first term legislator? If asking for political favors and defrauding a state funded school of thousands of dollars isn’t grounds for removal from office, what is?

 


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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