Thursday, January 29, 2009
I’m running for Governor
After careful consideration, I’ve decided form an exploratory committee to run for Governor of the great state of Iowa. I know, I know you thought I was running for U.S. Attorney against fellow blogger Gordon Fischer, but we all know you don’t campaign for that position, unless you’re Gordo. Anyway, I think that I’ve done a good job over the past 3 years letting you know my views and thoughts on things so I figured why the hell not. I’ll now take some questions.
O. Kay Henderson: Krusty, you’re anonymous how would that work?
Krusty: Good question, good question. You see Kay part of the problem we have in Iowa politics is that our leaders lack the intestinal fortitude to stand up to people and say no. Just look at Culver’s budget proposal, it’s across the board cuts rather than targeted cuts; it’s simply our governor being lazy. But to answer your question being anonymous allows me to do what’s right for Iowa, not what keeps me popular with my friends.
David Yepsen: Krusty, since this is an exploratory committee will you have to come back and formally announce your campaign, and when will that be?
Krusty: DAMN IT DAVID, I’M NOT JOKING AROUND HERE. DO YOU THINK I ENJOY HAVING PRETEND PRESS CONFERENCES?
David Yepsen: Krusty, settle down, I didn’t mean to incite such anger. I don’t want you to have a heart attack or something. What would you do about the budget crisis here in Iowa?
Krusty: What’s that?
David Yepsen: The budget crisis…
Krusty: Budget crisis? Don’t talk to me about a Budget Crisis, you kidding me, a Budget Crisis?
David Yepsen: You don’t think we have a budget crisis?
Krusty: No, if Mike Gronstal says there isn’t a deficit then I doubt there one actually exists. I mean he’s really the guy in charge.
Sorry, I don’t know where that came from…
Anyway, it has been an interesting week to say the least.
Vander Plaats announces his campaign on Monday.
Northey indicates he might be interested later that day.
Then we learn that Vaudt considering it on Tuesday.
Rants takes a shot at Vander Plaats on Wednesday, we know he’s interested.
Then Bruce Rastetter decides yesterday would be a good day to walk around the capitol. Swings by the press lounge and takes a shot at BVP.
Now today we learn that a well know GOP opinion makers and syndicated blogger is throwing his hat into the ring.
This is just crazy! But what does it mean?
First, it means the GOP knows that Culver is vulnerable. Second, there are a lot of people interested in a running, but don’t want to allow Vander Plaats to run free being the first candidate out of the gate. Third, Vander Plaats is going to come under more scrutiny this time around.
Reading the early tea leaves I think the GOP primary is going to be more about issues than personality. This would be a welcomed development. Iowa has serious issues, which require serious solutions. I think Iowa Republicans are going to look past the sound bites and slogans and look for the candidate who can inspire them by what they want to do, not by what they say and how they say it.
Hold on tight, this one is going to be fun!
Fact of the day: Even with the 6.5% cut--Culver's 2010 budget is the largest in the state's history!
Posted by Krusty at Thursday, January 29, 2009