The Iowa Republican: Branstad's baggage: Doug Gross
Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican
It is likely that sometime this month, probably after Des Moines
University's Board of Trustees meets, former Governor Terry Branstad
will enter the gubernatorial race. The instant Branstad enters the
race, he will be the clear frontrunner. However, the primary will be
no walk in the park. While Branstad will undoubtedly have advantages
like high name recognition and a campaign flush with financial
resources, he also has the most baggage of any candidate in the race.
Having previously served 16 years as governor, Branstad's record will
provide ample material for his opponents to exploit. His record,
however, cuts both ways. For all the bad stuff that we have already
started to hear, there are an equal amount of positive things to build
a campaign around. There is no doubt that Branstad will have to defend
his record, but a seasoned politician like him expects that.