Governor Terry Branstad had a warning for state troopers Monday. He said, “If they value their job, they’re going to abide by the law.”
The governor’s warning follows a report last week that a second trooper driving the governor in August got caught speeding with Branstad in the back seat. That incident happened after another trooper got cited for driving too fast in April taking the governor to an event.
Brian London served as the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety at the time. London quit in August.
A reporter asked Branstad Monday whether the second speeding incident played a role in London’s resignation.
As the governor listened to the question, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, standing next to the governor, whispered, “We’re not going to talk about that.” A few moments later, she continued, “Personnel.” Presumably, as in it was a personnel issue.
Meanwhile, Des Moines State Senator Jack Hatch, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, continued to make the speeding incident part of his campaign.
Hatch ran a campaign ad following the first speeding incident.
Hatch said news of this second speeding case shows Branstad is “arrogant” when it comes to the law. Hatch said, “He continues to show that he doesn’t have concern about that part of the law. He feels that he’s above the law apparently.”
Hatch thinks the governor should have paid the first trooper’s speeding ticket for the April case.
Although, the governor’s spokesman said Branstad didn’t because he wasn’t driving and didn’t direct the trooper to speed. Branstad said, while the second trooper only received a warning because he wasn’t driving more than ten miles per hour above the speed limit, he did receive a citation and additional punishment from the Department of Public Safety.
Branstad declined to say what that punishment was.