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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Battleground Iowa: Election Day showdown: Griess v. Vlassis

Excerpted from this post at Battleground Iowa

In case you didn't know, today is actually an election day. That's
right, there are several municipal run-off elections taking place
today, including one that could potentially unseat a living legend of
the Des Moines City Council, Tom Vlassis. And by "living legend," I
mean living legend of incompetence. Political newcomer, Halley Griess,
23, scored a huge upset last month when he garnered enough votes to
prevent Vlassis from reaching the majority he needed to assure
retention of his council seat. And why was this young man able to do
this? Umm, probably because Vlassis was up to his eyeballs in one of
Iowa's biggest political scandals, CIETC. While Vlassis was not
criminally convicted, he was a member of the CIETC board that was
supposed to be overseeing and approving the organization's actions...
and he failed miserably. As Griess rightfully continues to point out,
rather than do his job as a member of the CIETC board, Vlassis
testified before the state legislature that he was a "rubber stamp,"
approving what Archie Brooks and Ramona Cunningham asked him to.
They're now in jail.

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