Branstad dismisses concerns about governance of Iowa

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday refuted a former aide’s claims that his administration has governance issues, saying he has taken swift and decisive action to deal with problems in the face of coordinated “political attacks” by Democrats hungry to create 2014 campaign issues.

Branstad said he is focused on shutting down a successful 2014 legislative session and dismissed questions raised on statewide television by former Branstad chief of staff Doug Gross whether the governor “has appropriate control and management of the state government.”

“He has not been on my staff for 25 years and he’s clearly out of touch with what’s going on in state government today,” Branstad said in a terse during his weekly news conference regarding comments Gross made on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” show last week. “He is not knowledgeable about what’s going on a day-to-day basis in this office.”

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