Fred Hubbell’s Doom and Gloom Campaign Meets Reality Tonight
After 15 months of dodging, flip-flopping, and lying, Fred Hubbell’s failed doom and gloom campaign takes center stage tonight at the first IAGOV debate.
“Fred Hubbell’s strategy in this race is taking a tailspin, because Hubbell needs to fight against the fact that Iowa is working,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Iowa. “We don’t expect Hubbell to be honest with voters and stop his attacks, since he’s got nothing to run on except for wanting to tearing everything down. Hubbell’s not showing leadership, he’s just grandstanding against Iowa’s progress.”
Fred Hubbell has thrown mud at the wall in the hopes that something sticks, including claims that attempt to fool Iowans into believing a different reality. But we have a reality check for Fred Hubbell: Governor Reynolds’ leadership has resulted in great news for everyday Iowans, but bad news for himself. Iowa is working:
- Hubbell’s Doom and Gloom: Governor Reynolds is “virtually running our state into the ground.”
- Reality: Iowa’s unemployment rate is #2 in the country and at the lowest rate in 18 years. Personal income growth was 6th in the country in the most recent quarter. The state has invested $765 million in new K-12 money since 2011 and since 2012, it’s invested more than $2 billion into the mental health system.
- Hubbell’s Doom and Gloom: We need “to reverse the disastrous direction of this Governor”
- Reality: In addition to being rated the #1 overall state in the country, Iowa is #1 in high school graduation rates, top ten in teacher pay, and only three other states in the country have invested in education at a higher rate than Iowa. Governor Reynolds signed into law bipartisan reforms on mental health, workforce training, water quality and healthcare reform – all in one session.
- Hubbell’s Doom and Gloom: “That tax bill should never be signed because it’s risky for our state…She shouldn’t sign it because this is not the time to be lowering taxes in our state. They can’t balance budgets, they owe money to the reserve funds,”
- Reality: Iowa’s budget is balanced. The state now has a $127 million surplus – four times larger than expected, and Iowans are still getting their taxes cut. 93 percent of middle-class Iowans will get a tax cut next year, and when the plan is fully implemented, a typical family of four will save around $1,000 annually.