McGuire: “After listening to Gov. Reynolds this morning, I think there is a true disconnect between her administration and Iowans’ concerns. It is time for Iowa to change its course with a Governor who has a new compass for leadership.”
Des Moines, IA – This morning, Governor Kim Reynolds gave her first Condition of the State Address on the second day of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session. In response, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Andy McGuire, issued the following statement.
“Today, Gov. Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State address filled with lots of promises and political rhetoric. Only time will tell if her administration is truly committed to taking action and correcting her mistakes or if they are more of the same empty, election-year promises that we’ve seen from previous Branstad/Reynolds administrations.
“Gov. Reynolds had an opportunity to distance herself from the extreme policies and legislation passed in the 2017 legislative session. Instead, she said she was ‘proud’ of the ‘strong leadership’ of the Republican-led legislature. She is proud of stripping away collective bargaining rights without warning or discussion. She is proud of making it more difficult for seniors and Iowans with disabilities to vote. She is proud that Republicans underfunded public education for yet another year. She is proud that, once again, Republicans refused to give hardworking Iowans a raise with an increase in the minimum wage.
“It is also clear that this administration is clearly out-of-touch with Iowa’s minority communities, and she showed zero commitment to making Iowa a more inclusive state. Gov. Reynolds made no mention of efforts to curb the bullying of LGBTQ+ students in our classrooms or efforts to combat or curtail the recent, racially motivated incidents in our state.
“This morning Gov. Reynolds established that she has no intention of deviating from the extreme, ultra-conservative policies implemented by the legislature last session. I’ve been to all 99 counties, and I have been listening to Iowans at picnics, community meetings and in their living rooms. After listening to Gov. Reynolds this morning, I think there is a true disconnect between her administration and Iowans’ concerns. It is time for Iowa to change its course with a Governor who has a new compass for leadership. ”
Background: Since her swearing in last May, Gov. Reynolds administration has been nothing but disastrous for Iowans. The Medicaid privatization disaster is getting worse and drawing criticism from leaders within Reynolds own party. Her potentially illegal mismanagement of the state’s budgets is costing Iowans millions. A recent Des Moines Register poll showed Reynolds in trouble with nearly half saying they want a new Governor. Dr. Andy McGuire was virtually tied at the top with the most favorable rating among voters in the same poll.
***McGuire was born in Waterloo, Iowa – the daughter of a World War II veteran and a hard-working mother in a family of eight. McGuire is the mother of seven children, and raised a family while training to be a doctor. As a medical director, she focused on preventive care, including vaccinations and prenatal checks.***
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