Culver Skips Campaign Stop

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Did Governor Chet Culver get double-booked? The Newton Independent reported Saturday that Culver skipped a 3:30pm campaign appearance Saturday in Newton with little notice. Thursday, the governor’s office released his public schedule. You can see where the problem is. The office scheduled the gov in Cedar Rapids at 1:30 for an official governor’s event there. By the way, it’s about a 1 1/2 hour drive to Newton from C.R.

His campaign told me about the cancelation, “A scheduling conflict came up – he was in Cedar Rapids touring newly-rebuilt facilities through flood recovery efforts, and attended a Veterans remembrance concert in the Quad Cities this evening.”

Here’s what was on the public schedule:

Saturday, April 17, 2010

WHAT: Governor Culver will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopened National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. The Czech Museum received $10 million from the Culver/Judge I-JOBS initiative to rebuild after the floods of 2008. It is the first flood recovery project in Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village funded by I-JOBS.

WHERE: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
87 16th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.

WHAT: Governor Culver will tour the Linn County Sheriff’s Office during an open house to celebrate its reconstruction after the floods of 2008.

WHERE: Linn County Sheriff’s Office
310 2nd Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, IA

WHEN: 1:30 p.m.

I’m tired from the Cardinals and Mets game last night. I can’t imagine how the players feel! They played 20 innings. That’s a double-header plus another 2 innings for good measure. Those guys have to be beat. If you don’t like Cards’ manager, Tony LaRussa, you would have plenty to question about the way he handled the game. Double-switching out cleanup hitter, Matt Holliday, really hurt the Cards’ chances in extra innings. The Mets just kept walking Albert Pujols when they knew the pitcher’s spot would have to come up next. It was tough to watch. A fun game, but tough to watch. Cards’ catcher, Yadier Molina, caught all 20 innings last night. Somehow, he is catching tonight. How is that possible? LaRussa must have no faith at all in the newly called up rookie catcher, Bryan Anderson. NO faith all.


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