IOWA

No Smooth Sailing for Branstad

The governor’s recent woes could have a bigger impact on the state’s competitive U.S. Senate race, where he’s expected to boost the GOP nominee.

Karyn Bruggeman
April 15, 2014, 7:19 a.m.

Gov. Terry Bran­stad (R) is un­der no real threat of los­ing reelec­tion to his poorly fun­ded chal­lenger, state Sen. Jack Hatch (D), but “finds him­self in an un­fa­mil­i­ar po­s­i­tion. He’s fend­ing off mul­tiple mini-scan­dals and has be­come a polit­ic­al tar­get in a mid-term cam­paign that was sup­posed to be about the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­ent’s prob­lems, not his.”

“In the last few weeks, Bran­stad has come for­ward grim-faced to face ques­tions about why his ad­min­is­tra­tion pushed dozens of state of­fi­cials out of their jobs and paid some to keep quiet about it; wheth­er it kept a black­list of banned former em­ploy­ees”¦and wheth­er an ap­pointee was mis­hand­ling un­em­ploy­ment cases.”

“The party is try­ing to win an open U.S. Sen­ate seat and con­trol of the state Sen­ate, both of which have been held by Demo­crats. A strong, un­hampered Bran­stad was sup­posed to help lead that ef­fort,” but in­stead his re­cent or­deals have provided wel­come fod­der for Demo­crats oth­er­wise side­lined by Rep. Bruce Bra­ley’s farm­er com­ment. (AP)

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