Governor Chet Culver’s last “Condition of the State” message struck an optimistic tone, closing with some advice.
“I stand before you, for the last time, entrusted by the constitution with the duty of updating you about the condition of our state,” Culver told a joint session of the Iowa House and Senate. “As you can imagine, I do so today with a broad range of emotions. First of all, I am confident our administration has left the state in a better position than we found it.”
Culver, a Democrat, began by congratulating his November opponent, Republican Governor-elect Branstad and Branstad’s lieutenant governor, Kim Reynolds, wishing them “Godspeed and good luck” as they take office on Friday. Branstad declined Culver’s invitation to attend today’s speech and Culver will not attend Branstad’s inauguration “as a courtesy,” according to Culver’s staff.
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