Monday, Governor Terry Branstad pushed back against allegations against the man he has in charge of the Iowa Veterans Center in Marshalltown, Commandant David Worley. Branstad claimed politics are behind the allegations toward the man appointed to the position by Democratic Governor Chet Culver. Last week, former center employees claimed cases that Worley physically and sexually harassed staff at the center. They told senators that current workers and residents were scared to go public with their allegations because of their fears of retaliation. Branstad responded, “I don’t appreciate people using character assassination in attacking people with secondhand information.”
Branstad said the allegations amount to here say since people aren’t coming forward with their direct, firsthand accounts of the alleged incidents. Branstad’s Communications Director Tim Albrecht said both Chief of Staff Jeff Boeyink and Department of Management Director Dave Roederer visited the center April 12th, but they found no substantive claims from residents about any lack of care of mistreatment by Worley.
Albrecht said the governor last visited the home December 1, 2012. He added the governor has no plans to return to the center yet.