Two Iowa Republicans are questioning the motives of former G-O-P gubernatorial candidate and Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats, suggesting he has embarked on a campaign to politicize Iowa’s judicial system. Sioux City attorney Dan Moore served as treasurer of Vander Plaats’ campaign for governor.
Vander Plaats led the successful effort to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices in the 2010 judicial retention election, then he became chief executive of The Family Leader late last year, a group that has been at the center of the crusade against gay marriage in Iowa. Moore cited a recent Des Moines Register poll which found 45 percent of Iowans “disapprove” of Vander Plaats and his agenda and Moore suggested Vander Plaaats is “out of touch” with the “real issues” Iowans face.
Three days after the November election Vander Plaats began calling for the four justices to resign. Those four justices — along with three who were voted off the bench — signed onto the unanimous 2009 ruling which essentially legalized gay marriage in Iowa. According to Moore, Vander Plaats is using the political skills he’s gained from running for governor over the past decade to build negative public attitudes about the courts.
Former Lieutenant Governor Joy Corning, who is also a Republican, has called upon Vander Plaats to “come clean” and release the names of donors to the effort to oust supreme court justices.
Click here to read about Vander Plaats’ response.
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