Iowa GOP chairman calls for House Democrat’s resignation

The Republican Party of Iowa issued a news release, reacting to this story.  State Representative Kerry Burt's hometown newspaper had the story, too.

RPI Chairman Strawn Calls for Immediate Resignation of Rep. Kerry Burt
Des Moines, IA–  Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today said that recent revelations that State Representative Kerry Burt repeatedly used a false address to avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars to the Malcolm Price Laboratory School calls into question Representative Burt’s fitness for office and called on him to resign immediately.

“Iowans have every right to hold our elected officials to a high standard and to hold them accountable when they fall short,” said Strawn. “As such, I call upon Representative Burt to immediately resign from the Iowa House of Representatives and repay the $37,139 in tuition fees that, through his actions, he attempted to evade.”
The thorough 51-page investigation by the Office of State Auditor indicates a series of contradictory and incriminating statements by Representative Burt when questioned by DCI investigators.
“The facts of the investigation are clear,” said Strawn.  “One, multiple witnesses confirm that Representative Burt, or his children, never resided at the address provided to school officials.  Two, witnesses describe a deliberate attempt to have U.S. Mail delivered to Representative Burt at the false address. Three, Representative Burt’s claims of having sought open enrollment applications were refuted by both the official records and a representative of the Waterloo School District.
“While Representative Burt was not the only individual found to have “gamed” the system in this manner, he is the only individual involved who serves in the Iowa Legislature and has been entrusted by the voters to act on their behalf at the State Capitol.
“Representative Burt’s blatant effort to mislead school officials and secure benefits to which he was not entitled clearly indicates a lack of respect for the very laws to which he has been elected to provide oversight.  Waterloo residents deserve a State Representative who acts with the integrity and respect for the law that we rightfully expect from our elected leaders,” concluded Strawn.

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