When told of the citizen’s concerns about how corporate money was impacting elections, Gronstal told them that’s the way things work. When asked about the chance of Clean Election legislation reaching the floor he flatly said, “Not a chance.”
Gronstal then went on a rant about how “naÃ¯ve” these Iowans were, thinking that big money could be removed from Iowa elections, warning that “Republicans could just outspend us (Democrats) with a 527.”
Democrats can use 527s also, but the point of public financing is to get enough money and advertising time into the candidate’s hands that he doesn’t depend on big donors, and that the 527s should be acting independently. The fact that other citizens can run ads doesn’t mean we have to allow our politicians to be bribed.
But then the guy just got plain stupid.
At some point, an older gentleman interrupted the Senate Majority Leader, saying, “You’re nothing but a Republican in Democrat clothing.”
Like a petty tyrant who has finally been called on his bad behavior the Senate Majority Leader lost it. Gronstal squared off with the older gentleman and said, “That’s the lowest blow that anyone’s ever dealt me. You can kiss my ass!”
Visibly shaken, Gronstal stormed off. He walked a short distance away from the group and then lifted his head up to the top of the Capitol and SHOUTED “F*ck You!” A large group of elementary school children were touring the Rotunda while this was happening.
Talking like Dick Cheney isn’t exactly going to prove that you aren’t secretly a Republican…