Iowa Independent: Rants smacks Branstad's conservative credentials
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent
In an interview with the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, former Gov. Terry Branstad said those who say he's not conservative enough for the Republican Party "don't know me." One of Branstad's rivals for the 2010 GOP gubernatorial nomination was quick to respond, saying the former governor's critics know him all too well. "It was Terry Branstad on the other end of the phone when he called lobbying me to raise the cigarette tax when I was Speaker [of the Iowa House]," state Rep. Chris Rants said. "It was Terry Branstad wielding the veto pen when he gutted our education reform legislation because Republicans wouldn't go along with all the spending he wanted. It is Terry Branstad's signature on the largest tax increase in Iowa history." Branstad went on to complain about the "confrontational right," saying politicians can no longer disagree respectfully.