By Tom Quiner
Governor Chet Culver should be ashamed.
A group called “Iowans for Responsible Government” have been running attack ads against Republican candidate for Governor, Terry Branstad. They smear Mr. Branstad as being too liberal, that he would make Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama proud.
The goal of the ads was to tip last months Republican primary to Bob Vanderplaats. The ads failed.
So who is this group that spent $760,000 in anti-Branstad ads? Was it some right-wing group? No, it turns out it was the Democratic Governor’s Association, Governor Culver’s biggest campaign donor.
Rather than use the three-quarters of a million dollars to promote a positive message and bolster Culver’s sagging reputation, they instead tried to equate Branstad’s record with the fiscally disastrous record of Mr. Culver and his national liberal soul mates. In other words, they said Branstad was bad because he was too much like … a Democrat!
Knowing who ran the ads, does it seem deceptive? Of course.
Does it seem hypocritical? Of course.
Does it seem cowardly? Absolutely.
I don’t view the Republican party as being particularly saintly, either. However, Governor Culver’s allies have ratcheted up cynicism to new heights at a time when we voters desperately are looking for straight shooters who can balance a checkbook.
Governor Culver flunks on both counts. I’m disappointed in him. I say that not because of political differences. Republicans and Democrats can have legitimate and honorable differences of opinion when it comes to government policy.
But this whole affair is sleazy.
It dishonors the Governor’s office.
Iowans deserve better.