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Monday, June 01, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: The case for Kate Gronstal on the I-JOBS Board

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Iowa Republicans are bashing Governor Chet Culver for appointing Kate Gronstal to the I-JOBS board, which will decide how to spend $118.5 million of the $830 million in I-JOBS money. Kate Gronstal is the daughter of Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal. Iowa GOP chairman Matt Strawn slammed what he called "political nepotism" ... Since Culver "declined to respond" to Strawn's allegation, I want to lay out the case for putting Kate Gronstal on this board. 1. She is qualified for the position as a professionally trained structural engineer. It's not as if the governor put a well-connected person with no relevant experience on the board. 2. By all accounts she is smart and highly capable. People born into political families have certain doors opened for them. I'm sure Marcus Branstad had a leg up on the competition when he was starting his career in Iowa Republican circles. Who cares as long as he is good at what he does? 3. Kate Gronstal's presence on the board will subject its award process to a higher level of scrutiny. That's good.

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