New Hubbell attack ad targets 'wasteful tax giveaways'

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Democrats took aim at Governor Kim Reynolds Thursday on TV and from the podium. They targeted the Republican's record as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of the state.

The ad from Hubbell, called "Charts," focused on Reynolds' use of corporate incentive packages-- like the $208 million in tax breaks promised to Apple for a new data center. It also called the Governor out for recent budget cuts to mental health, education and public safety.

The ad, which you can view here, started just as the chair of Iowa's Democrats, Troy Price, began a tour through the state. Stopping in Cedar Rapids, Price took criticized Reynolds on what he called a "decimation" of Iowa's Workforce Development program.

He claimed during the Branstad-Reynolds administration the state shuttered more than 36 of its centers since 2011. The result, Price said, about 100,000 fewer using center services for job training, unemployment aid and more.

"Her fiscal mismanagement and messed up priorities have made it harder for Iowa families to make ends meet," said Price.

The attacks follow those from Republicans, about a month ago. Reynolds’ campaign went after Hubbell's record as head of Younkers in ads on TV. GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann took the message to the press in a news conference.

"(Hubbell) shrunk employees' paychecks and paid himself huge bonuses in (the) same year (as he was) giving employees cuts,” said Kaufmann. “As a seventh-generation rural Iowa, I got to tell you I don't think he gives a damn about rural Iowa."

The Reynolds campaign continued to hammer Hubbell with that message in a statement Thursday afternoon—calling opponents “Doom and Gloom Democrats” and saying "the only paycheck Fred Hubbell cares about is his own."

Pat Garrett, Reynolds for Iowa Campaign Spokesman, also suggested the governor had been very beneficial for Iowa’s workforce.

"Under Governor Reynolds' leadership, Iowa's unemployment rate is at a historic low and incomes are rising,” said Garrett. “There are 60,000 jobs open in Iowa right now and we’re just getting started.”