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Topic - Doug Gross
Gov. Terry Branstad is brushing aside the contention of a former top aide that he has issues with governing and needs to fix some problems in the executive branch.
With millions in the bank, solid approval ratings and a record of tax cuts and employment gains, long-serving Gov. Terry Branstad was in an enviable position as he announced Wednesday night that he will run for re-election.
For 10 years Republican Rep. Steve King has represented a deeply conservative wedge of Iowa, a place where constituents apparently didn't object to his comparison of the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib to fraternity hazing or his suggestion that an electric fence separate the U.S. from Mexico so that illegal immigrants get the same treatment as wandering livestock.
"Obviously it provides them an opportunity to search under every rock," he said of the subpoena power. "The danger for them is that they are so blatantly political, so over the top in terms of their scope and if they don't find anything of any significance it will blow back to them so they have to be careful."
Doug Gross, who was Branstad's chief of staff 25 years ago said Friday in a taping for the Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program that Branstad has a "governance" problem with some department heads not serving his best interests.