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  The trials and triumphs of Gov. Culver
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Last EditedCOSDem  Sep 30, 2009 02:05pm
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News DateSunday, September 27, 2009 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThere was no stopping Gov. Chet Culver from heading west through the stormy night last year after a tornado ripped through a Boy Scout camp.

After four days in flood-ravaged eastern Iowa, a tired Culver was at the Emergency Operations Center near Des Moines at about 1 a.m. when he got the news that four Scouts had been killed.

By sunrise, Culver was at the Monona County camp, hugging parents and talking to emergency officials, all of them red-eyed from tears and sleeplessness.

As Culver approaches the end of his third year in office, Iowans give him high marks for his performance during natural disasters, which Culver says have forged his approach to leadership. In this month's Iowa Poll, 70 percent of Iowans say they approve of Culver's management of crises like the 2008 floods.

But his constituents are less certain about his abilities in other key areas or even what he stands for, and his job approval stands at a precarious 50 percent, the Iowa Poll found.
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