When incumbent candidates have a strong successful record, they run on their accomplishments. When candidates must run on a failed record, lack any positive visions and refuse to discuss their positions, they turn to negative ads. With a failed record of achievements, Governor Reynolds has chosen the latter by going negative in a desperate attack on her opponent Fred Hubbell. You only need to walk by the Republicans’ State Fair booth to see that.
Reynolds is running misleading ads, if not downright lies, about Hubbell’s record as head of Younkers more than 20 years ago. In the time period 1986-1989 when Reynolds and the GOP claim Hubbell was firing workers, Younkers actually hired over 1,000 new employees. The raise that Hubbell received wasn’t a raise, but rather a promotion to the parent company, Equitable of Iowa. It’s obvious Reynolds and the Republican Party plan a campaign fueled by fake news. As Bleeding Heartland reported in a recent post, it’s Reynolds who has said “you’re fired” most frequently to her employees.
“Since the start of the Branstad/Reynolds administration, more than 2,100 state jobs have been eliminated as mental health institutes, the Iowa Juvenile Home, and dozens of workforce development centers were shuttered,” Bleeding Heartland wrote.
The Republican Party of Iowa has fully joined as an accomplice to these ugly personal assaults on Hubbell’s character and accomplishments. A nasty and mocking caricature of Fred Hubbell is the central backdrop for the Iowa Republican’s Iowa State Fair booth. The Republican Party Chair, Jeff Kaufman, has become the official attack dog. He began to refer to Fred Hubbell as “Sir Frederick” long before Hubbell even won the Democratic primary.
The Iowa GOP have erected billboards with the same theme as well. These all-out negative personal assaults on Hubbell by Reynolds and the Republican Party of Iowa confirms their lack of a positive record to run on.
Even Senator Grassley sees through Reynolds’ smokescreen of negative advertising. When asked about Reynolds going negative on Hubbell, Grassley warned.
“I always stick to policy when I’m campaigning, and I would advise other people to stick to policy,” Grassley said Wednesday when asked about the state party referring to Hubbell as “Sir Frederick.”
Add the recent Reynolds’ announcement to end regular weekly media press conferences, and you see a campaign under siege. Reynolds is running full speed away from her own record and shutting out the media who might ask her difficult and tough policy questions about her failures. It appears Reynolds is retreating to a Trump like anti-media position. When she was recently asked if she agreed with Trump’s accusations that the media was an “enemy of the people“, she refused to answer.
“I am not going to weigh in on what the president is saying,” said Reynolds.
It appears Iowa now has a governor too fearful of Trump to stand up for one of the nation’s fundamental Constitutional rights, “freedom of the press.”
At a recent Reynolds’ event with 25 local famers in Southeast Iowa, the media was suddenly kicked out. The discussion had been promoted as a public event and welcomed the media, but after arriving reporters were booted and told they weren’t welcome. It’s likely Reynolds feared the media would report farmers voicing their concerns about the Trump tariffs devastating effects on agriculture.
Democrats’ message to Reynolds: You must take responsibility for your failed policies that have resulted in lost jobs, stagnant wages, a Medicaid nightmare and filthy water.
Governor Reynolds, you can run but you can’t hide!
by Rick Smith