Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad says the state’s attorney general, who is a Democrat, bears some responsibility for the massive egg recall which has created a “black eye” for Iowa’s poultry industry, while Attorney General Tom Miller says Branstad has his facts wrong.
Branstad blasted Miller during an appearance earlier today in Le Mars. “The present attorney general basically let Jack DeCoster off the hook. The whole state of Iowa is getting a black eye for that guy, habitual violator,” Branstad said of DeCoster. “We were on course to have him put out of business before I left office and then they cut a deal with him.”
Miller says his office “aggressively” prosecuted DeCoster, all the way to the Supreme Court. “Former Governor Branstad is totally mistaken about the law in Iowa concerning feedlots and habitual violators,” Miller said during a telephone interview with Radio Iowa. “It’s either a convenient memory, or a misrepresentation.”