For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2013
Questionable Iowa GOP Effort Shows Republican Distrust of Law Enforcement, Lack of Priorities
Des Moines – The Iowa GOP called on Polk County residents today to not cooperate with police during traffic checkpoints this weekend. Party officials seem to think they are the law enforcement’s watch dog, by instructing drivers to “record conversations” during the police checkpoints and “send the Iowa GOP any audio and video you have of your interactions with the police.” This is the latest in a string of events where Republicans have rejected the law: Governor Branstad speeding across Iowa, sketchy back door campaign negotiations, and fighting against a health care law that is the law of the land.
“Law enforcement officers are some of the most dedicated public servants and they deserve our respect,” said IDP Executive Director Troy Price. “Unfortunately, not cooperating with the law has been a very real and disturbing trend we have seen from the Republican Party the past few months. We are baffled by the fact that a state party is instructing its members to record conversations with the police and send it to party officials. Rather than focus on this questionable effort, the Iowa GOP should be focused on getting their Republican congressmen to abandon their reckless shutdown and reopening the federal government.”