DES MOINES, Iowa – Advocacy group Progress Iowa brought 1,000 rubber ducks and a petition to Governor Branstad’s office on Tuesday to send a message.
Progress Iowa says the ducks are for Branstad to use in the reflecting pool he wants to be installed at Terrace Hill. The group originally planned to dump the ducks at Terrace Hill, but was re-routed to the governor’s office.
The group also delivered a petition, which was signed by 1,000 people, that says the governor's priorities are misguided.
“The rubber duckies are because he is putting in a reflecting pool at Terrace Hill Mansion,” said Executive Director of Progress Iowa Matt Sinovic. “We wanted the governor to have a constant reminder that it's our public services that need to stay remain float. Because of his cuts – his deep cuts -- to public education, college and universities, mental health services, Iowans are really stuck. It's our public services, schools, and others services that need to remain afloat.”
The governor's spokesperson, Jimmy Centers, responded to Progress Iowa Tuesday.
“I hate to take the air out of Progress Iowa’s floaties at their 'pool party,' but the nonpartisan effort led by Governor Branstad through private fundraising is meant to restore an Iowa treasure, Terrace Hill, for future generations of Iowans. The good news is that I’m sure that out-of-stateand out-of-touch billionaires who finance Progress Iowa, like liberal extremist Tom Steyer, will welcome them to play with their diving rings at his sprawling estate.”