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February 26th, 2010

RGA Blasts Culver: Culver Owes Taxpayers for Cost of Newsless Campaign Swing

– Repeats 7-Month-Old Announcements in Lame Attempt to Boost Reelection Bid –
– RGA Calls on Culver to Repay Taxpayers for Cost of Campaign Swing –

“His campaign should pay back the taxpayers for the cost of this stunt,
right after he apologizes for wasting their money.”

– Nick Ayers, RGA Executive Director

Watch the WHO-TV News Story

The Republican Governors Association today called on embattled Iowa Governor Chet Culver to reimburse the taxpayers for the cost of his transparent attempt to revive dwindling public support through an alleged economic development tour that was entirely devoid of news value and clearly intended to aid his slumping reelection bid.  Culver repackaged infrastructure projects previously announced last August in visits to several localities, at a time when Iowa’s budget deficit approaches $1 billion, citizens remain concerned about joblessness and his approval rating continues to nosedive.  Culver’s office has yet to disclose the cost to taxpayers of his campaign swing.

“No phony photo-op can change Chet Culver’s record as governor,” said Nick Ayers, Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association.  “He insults the intelligence of everyday Iowans when he embarks on motorcades around the stage staging no-news press conferences at the expense of taxpayers in an attempt to do nothing more than bolster his weak standing in the eyes of his constituents.  His campaign should pay back the taxpayers for the cost of this stunt right after he apologizes for wasting their money.”

As noted by WHO-TV in Des Moines, Culver spent time in several Iowa localities to promote state-funded infrastructure jobs he already detailed in August 2009.

The governor made this same announcement back in August,” reported WHO’s Aaron Brilbeck, who asked Culver three times if there was any new information provided by the tour.

After failing to answer the clear question three times, a visibly angry and frustrated Culver abruptly ended the interview and hustled out of the building.  As the governor fled, the reporter followed, asking, “Again the question was, though, is this a waste of money?  At a time when the state should be saving money, is this a necessary trip?

While Culver wasted taxpayer dollars on repeating announcements and annoying the media, the Iowa legislature continued to meet to grapple with the imposing deficit.  Meanwhile, more than a hundred thousand able Iowans suffered under the strain of unemployment.  According to the most recent data available, the unemployment rate in Iowa has risen by 78-percent since Culver took office. (Jan. 2007 to Dec. 2009).

In the meantime, Iowans have grown increasingly frustrated with Culver’s performance in office.  Since hitting his highest approval rating of 59-percent in January 2008, Culver now enjoys the approval of only 36-percent of Iowans, his lowest rating yet.

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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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