The Iowa Progress Project will begin airing a new television ad beginning tomorrow, TheIowaRepublican.com has learned. The ad titled “Sacrifice,” highlights Governor Culver’s cuts to K-12 education, college funding and massive unemployment.
A press release from the Iowa Progress Project states, “Last week, the bi-partisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) released a report stating that Iowa will face a $1 billion budget shortfall. The rate of spending under the Culver administration is unsustainable, and the people who will suffer from the governor’s out of control spending habits will be hard working Iowa families.
Instead of cutting back like most Iowans, Culver increased spending by $1 billion dollars over the past two years. As a result, funding for K-12 schools and public universities has been cut, and the state’s unemployment is at an all time high – over 100,000 Iowans are out of work.”
The ad comes at a time when Governor Culver’s polling numbers are at an all-time low. In the Des Moines Register’s recent Iowa Poll, Culver trails two GOP gubernatorial candidates by significant margins. Former Governor Terry Branstad beat Culver 57% to 33% in a head-to-head matchup, while Bob Vander Plaats also beat Culver 45% to 37%.
Governor Culver’s poll numbers have been lackluster for most of the year, but the Register’s poll was conducted at a time when Culver was running campaign ads which should have had a positive effect on his numbers. The Iowa Progress Project ad is probably the first in a series of ads that will question Culver’s management of the state since being elected in 2006.
It seems that there is more troubling news for Culver and the condition of the state’s economy every week. On Monday, AFSCME will announce whether or not the state’s largest union has ratified an agreement that would modify its contract with the state in exchange for protecting AFSCME employees from future state layoffs should Governor Culver be forced to make further cuts. Further cuts are not out of the question, and they could come as soon as next month when the Revenue Estimating Conference reconvenes.
Below is the text of the ad:
As the recession worsens… more bad news from Chet Culver.
Because for three years, Culver bailed out his big labor allies and corporations and spent like there was no tomorrow.
Racking up huge deficits and crippling debt when we can least afford it.
So now you sacrifice…to fix Culver’s mistakes.
Tell Culver to help hardworking Iowans…not campaign cronies
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