Well here he is, folks, the Iowa Republican Party's great white hope for recapturing Terrace Hill, Terry Branstad.
Here's what the Web site Iowa Knows Better.com has on Terry's record as governor:
■Branstad raised the sales tax – twice! In his first year in office, Branstad raised the sales tax by 25%. It would not be the last time. He went back to the tax well over and over, increasing the sales tax 67% as Governor.
■Branstad raised the gas tax on Iowa drivers. Branstad wasn't afraid to add to the pain at the pump for Iowans. During his tenure, he raised the gasoline tax by a total of five cents per gallon.
■Terry Branstad even proposed a state income tax on Social Security recipients.
■Branstad kept two sets of books. Branstad was hammered in the press and public for keeping two sets of books for the state and running up a deficit of more than $400 million. These days, voters will not tolerate this type of "creative accounting."
■Branstad's employees had to sue him to get what they had earned. When, during his tenure, Iowa’s budget was in deficit, Branstad decided to balance the budget on the backs of hardworking state employees. They were denied pay they had earned, sued Governor Branstad - and won. Getting Branstad to do right by employees was never an easy task.
■Branstad used to think bonding was fine. Branstad now criticizes the Culver/Judge Administration for stimulating Iowa's economy through the I-JOBS bonding package. Branstad fails to tell Iowans he used the bonding practice for state projects. Throughout his tenure, Branstad embraced bonding, a practice he now conveniently condemns.
Of course Terry's the Iowa Republican establishment's boy. And like all Republicans he's an accomplished liar, see above, but this year Terry will definitely have primary challengers in the form of weaselly-little-asshole Chris Rants, Bible-thumping businessman Bob Vander Plaats, both of Sioux City, and three non-entities. The Sarah Palin-skirt sniffers' money is on two-time gubernatorial primary loser and Mike Huckabee-fluffer Vander Plaats.
Current Democratic Governor Chet Cluver ain't the most popular guy but compared with the pack of lunatics wanting his job...Well, from where I sit he just may win re-election.