As more and more questions about her “ethically challenged” leadership have bubbled to the surface, Reynolds has shut out the press and the public every chance she gets:
Reynolds started the summer by ending her official press conferences, cutting off the media’s weekly opportunity to ask questions about her management (and mismanagement) of Iowa’s government. Reynolds claimed she would still let reporters ask her questions at public events, but ended up barring themanyways.
Then, despite being living proof that it is important for Iowans to learn about their candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Governor Reynolds and Acting Lieutenant Governor Gregg have declined the opportunity for a Lieutenant Governor’s debate this fall.
Finally, following the lead of her notoriously inaccessible campaign co-chair Congressman Steve King, Governor Kim Reynolds has refused to meet with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board to discuss her record and present her case to the people of Iowa.
Of note, Governor Reynolds’ allies have also begun ratcheting up their attacks on the media, further trying to avoid criticism by delegitimizing the watchdog.
“Governor Kim Reynolds is avoiding any and all media scrutiny, and it’s no wonder why: she can’t answer for many of the mistakes her ‘ethically challenged’ administration has made – mistakes that have cost Iowans dearly,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.