Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement on the results of the 2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Primary:
“First, we want to say thank you to the candidates, their families, staff, and all the volunteers and activists whose enthusiasm has made 2018 a great year for Democrats. Our Party is proud of your dedication and hard work, and we are so excited to keep fighting alongside each and every one of you to put our state back to work for the people of Iowa.
The turnout numbers from tonight are still coming in, but it’s safe to say, Democrats are fired up and ready to win this November. We’re ready to get out, knock doors, have the conversations we need to have in our communities, and back up our values with action because the stakes could not be higher.
Too many Iowa families are struggling because Kim Reynolds can’t get her priorities straight and refuses to put the people of Iowa ahead of her special interest campaign donors.
That’s why we’re proud to congratulate Fred Hubbell on becoming the official Democratic nominee for Governor. Fred’s record of public service and capable leadership is desperately needed at Terrace Hill, and we stand ready to help him get there this fall.“
However, as a letter from an IFA employee would later reveal, it is clear that Reynolds’ mixed messaging on sexual harassment and the training she mandated to cover for Republican wrongdoing in the State Senate did absolutely nothing to prevent sexual harassment in her state government.
Also of note, in the over two months since Reynolds received the complaints that led to Jamison’s termination, Iowa taxpayers still don’t have any answers as to why Jamison was able to harass his employees for so long.
“Governor Reynolds is an ineffective, politically motivated leader, eager to use her position to help out her friends and campaign allies instead of actually governing our state. She has bragged time and time again about her self-declared ‘strong’ leadership on sexual harassment, but her policies and empty words clearly did nothing to prevent one of the most egregious cases of sexual harassment our state has ever witnessed,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.
In the two months since she received the allegations against Director Jamison, Iowans still don’t have answers as to why his blatantly despicable behavior was allowed to continue for so long. Her political games must end this November.”
“Less than a month before he was fired for speaking in graphic sexual detail to employees, a former Iowa state director told Gov. Kim Reynolds that he and his staff had completed sexual harassment prevention training, new records show.
Reynolds fired Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison on March 24after her administration received an explicit three-page letter from a woman who is no longer an employee of the agency.
In that March 21 letter, the woman identified 24 allegations against Jamison, accusing him of talking about her breasts, asking her to tell him sexually explicit and profane details about her past relationships and sending texts to employees about male genitalia.
Reynolds — whose administration last year agreed to pay $1.75 million following a jury verdict against Senate Republican staff — asked all state directors in February to make sure all their employees take sexual harassment prevention training.
Reynolds told directors in the Feb. 21 directive that sexual harassment is “a destructive force that must be stopped and so we must all do our part.”
Jamison reported to Reynolds’ Chief of Staff Jake Ketzner on Feb. 27 that the Finance Authority’s training had been completed.
“I am pleased to report IFA has reached 100 percent,” Jamison said in an email to Ketzner.
Reynolds cited “credible allegations of sexual harassment” when she fired Jamison 25 days later.
Since Jamison’s termination, the public has learned about other details or issues associated with his leadership:
Weinhardt wrote a 2013 report that found former Sen. Kent Sorenson broke ethics rules by accepting payments from presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Sorenson resigned after Weinhard’s report and was in 2017 sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Jamison has not returned multiple phone calls seeking comment. He has filed for unemployment and a hearing is scheduled June 5.”
In celebration of Pride Month, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement:
“Happy Pride Month! June is a month to honor the legacy of the LGBTQ pioneers on whose shoulders we stand, celebrate the achievements made, and to recommit ourselves to the fight of protecting the rights of every single Iowan.
While Iowa has been on the forefront of LGBTQ rights, we must remain vigilant. We have seen those on the extreme right propose legislation that would make it legal to discriminate against minority groups, especially LGBTQ Iowans. And Governor Kim Reynolds is on record saying she supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
All of us as Iowans must work together to fight back against those that seek to roll back our freedoms, and elect leaders who will fight for equality at all levels. The Iowa Democratic Party will always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBTQ community and do whatever we can to protect the rights and freedoms of all Iowans.”
Today, Governor Reynolds announced that for the second time in four weeks, a high-level staffer will be leaving her administration. Reynolds’ Chief of Staff Jake Ketzner will be leaving the administration for a job outside state government.
In May, Tim Albrecht, Reynolds’ Deputy Chief of Staff, left to work with Apple, who received $208 million in taxpayer money to build a new data center in Waukee. Albrecht took the position just months after strongly advocating for that tax giveaway.
These departures are not the only high level staff fleeing Reynolds’ leadership. In February, Reynolds’ campaign manager, Phil Valenziano parted ways with the Governor, spurring a full re-launch of her campaign.
“What on earth is going on at Terrace Hill?” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger. “Reynolds and her revolving door of staff members have Iowa lurching from one crisis to the next and in a state of constant turmoil. With so much at stake from the trade war to the budget crisis, Iowa simply cannot afford Reynolds’ chaos and failed leadership.”