Press Held Story Of Ernst Aide’s DUI Arrest Until Post-Election
[su_right_ad]Gretchen Hamel was a top aide to Iowa Senator-Elect Joni Ernst until she was arrested for DUI with a .181 alcohol level on October 30. This was her second DUI arrest, the first being October 13. The Des Moines Register published the story November 6. Hamel tried to get away with it the first time by falsely claiming someone else was driving.
At 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, Hamel crashed her Ford Explorer into a sign post at the intersection of 142nd and Meredith streets in Urbandale. She was in the passenger seat when Urbandale police arrived. She claimed a man named “Robert” was driving the vehicle and “took off running” after striking the post, according to an Urbandale police report.
“Hamel later admitted that she lied and that she was the one driving the vehicle,” the report states.
Not that it would have changed the outcome of the election, but it still seems quite wrong that the story was buried until the election results were in. To me, that smacks of influence at a high level over at the newspaper. Top campaign aides don’t have things like this go unnoticed.
So why bury it? It wasn’t Ernst driving, it was Hamel. It seems to me they should have been on this when it happened.[su_csky_ad]