She is here. After weeks of dodging Iowa lawmakers' requests for her to show up before them for government oversight hearings at the Iowa Statehouse, Maxine Kilcrease has shown up this morning. A lot changed yesterday, of course, when a Polk County District judge refused to side with Kilcrease's attorney's motion to quash lawmakers' subpoena forcing Kilcrease here. After that ruling, her attorney said she would be here. And she is.
The question is whether she will actually answer questions. She is dressed in a black suit and dark glasses. Her attorney, Sean Spellman, is reading an opening statement. He began with, "thank you for having us here". Do people believe Kilcrease is really thankful for the "invitation" to come here today?
Spellman came after lawmakers, actually one in particular, although he didn't call out Senator Tom Courtney, a Democrat from Burlington, by name. Courtney has made comments about "thieves" and they should lock up people responsible for "100 years". Spellman argued yesterday Kilcrease can't get a fair shake in this hearing because of comments like those.
Let's start the show...