At the Statehouse: Under Pressure
Excerpted from this post at At the Statehouse
Senate Republicans who voted to scuttle Gene Meyer's appointment to lead the Iowa Department of Public Safety are certain to face some pretty intense lobbying over the next 24 hours to change their minds. Meyer fell two votes short Tuesday night of the 34 needed for confirmation, thanks to 18 Republicans who voted no. ... GOP senators have been receiving calls from prominent West Des Moines business leaders urging them to reconsider. Gov. Chet Culver held a news conference Tuesday morning decorated with more state troopers and law officers than you would find at a crime scene. Some House Republicans also showed up to chide their Senate colleagues. Senate Minority Leader Mary Lundby says lobbying won't work. Senators are sticking to their guns, arguing that a longtime insider like Meyer would make a poor director. But more than a few Statehouse types are wondering whether Senate Republicans picked the wrong fight.