Prominent Iowa Democrats are trying to influence the Republican gubernatorial primary. The group running the ads is Iowans for Responsible Government, which is headed by former Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Rob Tully.
The group began running TV ads on the Fox News channel yesterday. The ad buy totals $43,790 and is scheduled to run through next Monday. Iowans for Responsible Government also mailed Republican households in the state. The advertisement cites an article written by Steve Deace, a radio talk show host and early supporter of Bob Vander Plaats, which appeared in the Washington Times last month.
TheIowaRepublican.com has learned that the Branstad campaign will begin running a new TV ad tomorrow that responds to the attack. In the ad, Branstad says, “The liberal Democrats will try to hijack this campaign, but you know, together we turned this state around, and we can do it again.”
Branstad is being attacked for raising taxes and fees while Governor for 16 years. Branstad and his supporters, like State Auditor Dave Vaudt, say that Iowans should look at Branstad’s entire record, not just bits and pieces to score political points.
Branstad’s response points out that, as governor, he cut taxes by $124 million, balanced the budget, enforced spending limits, and left the state with a $900 million surplus.
When endorsing Branstad yesterday, State Auditor Dave Vaudt said, “If we had continued to live under the 99% spending limitation put in place under the Branstad administration, we wouldn’t be facing the challenges we are today. We would be in a much different situation. I believe governor Branstad is the one candidate who will be ready on day one to lead our efforts to restore fiscal responsibility in the state of Iowa.”
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