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May 29th, 2010

Weekend Watercooler: Interview With Former State Auditor Richard Johnson On Branstad’s “2 Book” Legacy

Putting the 2 Book story to rest once and for all…

Either having 2 set of financial books was a good idea or a bad one.

Its so simple a caveman could figure this out. You can’t have it both ways.  We need a former governor who won’t stand on the fence about his own record.

If having 2 sets of books was a good idea, then Branstad should promise to do it again since he claims it was done under “general accepted accounting principles.”  (If that is so then show me 50 state governors and 100 books.)

If it was a bad idea then Branstad should admit it could have been handled better and simply apologize so we can all move forward and move on.

Until Branstad vows to either run 2 sets of books again or come clean and clear with his 2 book past I am convicted to not put him in a neutral or favorable category in my mind for voting.  Only he can ultimately put this to rest by picking a side… promise or apologize!

There are 3 categories in my mind for the gubernatorial race.  Bob Vander Plaats – Thanks, I will vote for you.  Rod Roberts – Thanks Anyway.  Terry Branstad- No Thanks.

What do you say?  Is the 2 Book legacy still worth looking into or do want to give Branstad an  free pass on accountability and look the other way?  For me I want accountability.  I respectfully say no Thanks.

Former state auditor Richard Johnson is also the state co-chair of the Vander Plaats campaign.

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Photos & video by Dave Davidson
Dave is the photographer for both the Vander Plaats campaign and for
Above all he is a concerned voter with his own convictions.

About the Author

Dave Davidson is the TIR artjournalism storyteller photographer and founder of (polite) presidential paparazzi with manners. He is the author of gobs of books including "Sarah Palin Inspires Me", "Huckisms" and "You May Be A TEApublican".

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