Thursday, January 05, 2006
Vilsack: Southern California Dreaming
… The governor made stops in at least 23 states, the
and two foreign countries in 2005. District of Columbia
Much of the travel was documented in his weekly public schedule, but some occurred with little explanation, according to information obtained by The Gazette through a Freedom of Information request.
On some occasions, the governor's weekly public schedule listed out-of-state travel, but made no mention of stops in other cities before he returned to
. Other times, out-of-state travel was not mentioned at all. Iowa
For example, Vilsack visited Hawaii and New Jersey, attended a major league baseball exhibition game in Arizona, a pro football game in Buffalo, N.Y., and the Kentucky Derby. Some of the events were made public. Others were not.
In another example, his public schedule for the week of Oct. 24-28 listed his only event as a luncheon at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's annual public policy meeting in
However, internal staff scheduling documents show Vilsack traveled to San Jose, Calif. Washington, D.C., Los Angelesand earlier in the week. Oakland
A busy out of state schedule for the guy primarily responsible for managing
…Vilsack said the higher level travel is "part of being a governor in
He said he received some valuable information from those meetings that has benefited
. … Iowa
… "I think we've figured out an appropriate balance and if I need to be somewhere to talk to somebody I'm going to do my job and I've done my job," Vilsack said. ...
Vilsack thinks it’s just part of being a governor in
…While some of the travel is connected to Vilsack's role in the National Governors Association, the Democratic Leadership Council and Heartland PAC, much of the travel is policy related, Dickey said.
"For example, during his stops in California and New York, he learned about parent-liaison programs within schools and the efforts to provide health insurance relief to small businesses; both of which have become part of our agenda for next legislative session," Dickey said.
And these sorts of policy ideas are unavailable from Vilsack’s
Nice try, but everybody knows the deal – secure a big spending legacy on a fiscally conservative canvas and get the hell out of
The Iowa GOP is obviously hip to this habit; Vilsack’s been running this game for years. And to help “educate” the rest of the world they have worked up a rather slick little website, TravelingTom.com, to keep track of Vilsack’s out of state “policy” romps.