DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many wealthy politicians occupy governor’s offices and congressional seats, making it notable that Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds made an issue of Democratic candidate Fred Hubbell’s inherited wealth.
GOP officials have called Hubbell “Prince Frederick,” and Reynolds says it’s a fair question whether Hubbell can relate to working Iowans.
Hubbell says Reynolds has targeted his wealth because she doesn’t have a strong record to run on.
At least 11 current U.S. governors have millions in personal wealth. In Nebraska, a Democratic challenger, Bob Krist, has made wealth an issue, calling billionaire Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts “Wall Street Pete.”
Political consultants say wealth doesn’t matter much to voters these days. Instead, they’re drawn to candidates who aren’t career politicians, but outsiders with business experience.