For Immediate Release:
September 24, 2013
IDP Chairman Scott Brennan and Former Lt. Governor Patty Judge Hold Conference Call to Discuss Terry Branstad’s D.C. Fundraiser with the GOP’s Extreme Right Wing Leaders
Des Moines – Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan and Former Lt. Governor Patty Judge held a press conference call today discussing Governor Terry Branstad’s Washington D.C. fundraiser, hosted by the GOP’s most extreme and offensive right-wing leaders. Governor Branstad – who has tried to cast himself as a moderate within an increasingly extreme Republican Party – will join all-star Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Governor Scott Walker for a fundraiser Tuesday night to support his reelection campaign.
Iowans have seen that the Republican Party at the national and state level become the party of subtraction. Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Walker have rallied behind legislation that undermine equality, strip away the right of equal pay for equal work, and restricts a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. As Terry Branstad cozies himself up to conservative champions, it is clear that he is leading Iowa into the times of the past.
“These four national figures have been the leaders in not only derailing the country’s economic security, but they have been committed to taking this country backwards when it comes to equality and women’s health,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan. “If Terry Branstad wants to be the longest serving governor this nation has ever seen, he should stand up and demand that these Republicans commit themselves to equal opportunity for women. Time and again, we have seen Branstad dodge controversial issues, but tonight he couldn’t have sent a clearer message to Iowans by aligning himself with such extreme Republicans.”
“Branstad champions himself as a moderate, but over the years he has joined the conservative right wing arm of the GOP. From opposing equal pay for equal work, to eliminating preventive health services, to repealing the Violence Against Women Act, these Republican leaders simply do not care about the women of Iowa and this country. At the end of the day, if Terry Branstad wants to continue to represent the women of Iowa, he should stand up to his Republican friends and tell them to stop this discrimination before it starts – not stand alongside them and applaud their efforts.”
While Terry Branstad cozies up to conservative champions who threaten women’s health and undermine equality, the Governor has already written the last chapter for himself – to be the longest serving governor in the history of the county. With that goal in mind, he has let Iowa fall back into the times of the past. It’s time for our state to turn a new page that will set Iowa on the path to leading our country forward.
Please use this link to download to a recording of the call.