Informed Choice Iowa is publicly asking for an opportunity to meet with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. The group has been attempting to set up a meeting since August in an effort to have Reynolds speak with scientists and doctors who want to provide expert advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group put together a video of numerous Iowa families asking Gov. Reynolds to meet with Informed Choice Iowa.
One person said:
“Gov. Reynolds, as a citizen of Iowa I urge you to respond to the requests of Informed Choice Iowa that have been sent to you since August to meet with a board of medical professionals. You were elected to represent all Iowans, and by failing to do so, you’ve failed to represent all voices of the state.”
Some of those who appear in the video say they have called Reynolds’ office and repeatedly asked for her to meet with the group.
“Gov. Reynolds I have lost track of the amount of times that we have reached out to your office through messages on the phone and email. We are urging you to meet with Informed Choice Iowa.”
It’s a message that is repeated throughout the video.
Pastor Jeremy Higgins of Calvary Community Church in Cedar Rapids also requests Reynolds to meet with the group.
“I am begging you to meet with Informed Choice Iowa. They have been asking to meet with you for a long time and I think it would do your administration good to offer up some of your time, to meet with them, to hear their hearts and to better the state. So please meet with Informed Choice Iowa.”
Meeting with Informed Choice Iowa should not be much of an ask. Gov. Reynolds met with Black Lives Matter twice earlier this year.
To my knowledge, Informed Choice Iowa has not forced any Hy-Vee locations to close early on a Saturday, they have not defaced any property of the Des Moines Police Department and they have not had any members arrested multiple times by law enforcement.
I have seen Informed Choice Iowa in action multiple times at the Capitol. They are respectful, peaceful people.
Many of them are young parents with sizable young families.
It would be a good idea for Reynolds to end the three-month-long silent treatment Informed Choice Iowa has received from her office.
The group just hosted its annual conference in early November and attracted more than 400 people.