Iowans for Questionable Timing

Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson has an interesting post on her blog exploring why Iowans for Tax Relief scheduled at Statehouse news conference at the same time many lawmakers are attending former state Sen. Mary Lundby’s funeral today:

Iowans for Tax Relief has scheduled a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa, (today) at 1:30 p.m. The timing is interesting, as many legislators will be in Cedar Rapids, attending the funeral of former state Senator Mary Lundby of Marion. The funeral is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. It appears the leader of Iowans for Tax Relief has no plans to pay his respects to Lundby at her funeral, as according to the news release Iowans for Tax Relief president Ed Failor, Junior, will be in Des Moines leading the news conference.

 Lundby was a Republican and in April of 2006 she took over as Republican leader of the Iowa Senate in what many considered a surprise move. Republicans in the senate met privately and ousted their leader, Stewart Iverson (a longtime friend of Iowans for Tax Relief), installing Lundby as Co-Majority Leader of the Iowa Senate.

Kathleen Koberg, a spokewoman for Iowans for Tax Relief, responded to a question from me about the timing of the news conference. I asked whether it would, indeed, occur during the time Lundby’s funeral would be held. “Press conference is in Des Moines. No conflict for attendees of either,” Koberg wrote in an email. “Didn’t imagine a press conference in Des Moines could possibly be perceived negatively.”

Read on. There’s much more at the link above.

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