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LAWMAKER’S CHARGE: Governor Wants Workers To ‘Shut The Hell Up!’

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“Here’s the difference,” Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said Thursday morning. “The Branstad administration paid people to shut the hell up!”

Gronstal said confidential agreements given to dismissed state workers were different during Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s administration than those used for workers during former Democratic Governor Chet Culver’s time in office.

Gronstal maintained the eight agreements during Culver’s administration were simple departure agreements when it had become apparent the workers weren’t the proper fit for their office.

They didn’t include offers for additional money, “hush money” as Democrats allege, that workers were offered during Branstad’s tenure so they wouldn’t reveal what was happening in state government.

Records show workers signed 24 confidential settlements during Branstad’s most recent term as governor.

Gronstal made his comments before a legislative government oversight hearing.

Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll spent nearly two hours answering lawmakers’ questions during that hearing. He denied hush money was used.

Carroll also revealed that not only did administrations of Branstad and Culver use confidentiality clauses, but so did former Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack’s, as well.


  • John

    The Iowas Democratic Party trying to be in full attack mode from the clinton playbook. The only problem is they are as guilty as everyone else and they look like idiots when they bring it up then say what we did was different because were democraps. Hey Willie D nice post. original and thought provoking. There is no need to slack off and take the easy route just because it is Friday. Where is ” I do wear blinders and I can detect BS so well I am in the top 1% of the world or hey we need to legalize POT to improve our schools. The shower thing was not to your normal standards from the DNC playbook. Have a great weekend.

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