|Chris Godfrey, Iowa worker's|
Godfrey's six-year term doesn't expire until 2015. His lawyer said Branstad "does not have the right to ask for the resignation of the workers’ compensation commissioner any more than he does to ask the resignation of any judge or a chief justice of the Supreme Court. There are rules about this, and he has blatantly broken them.”
To persuade Godfrey of the error of his ways, Branstad cut his salary by $35,000.
Godfrey alleges defamation, harassment, sexual discrimination and extortion by Branstad.Soon after Godfrey’s pay cut, Branstad said on a radio show that the Iowa Association of Business and Industry pushed for Godfrey’s removal. Mike Ralston, the group’s president, told The Des Moines Register the next day that he was never involved in such conversations and was unaware of any staff member who had made such a request.
Tim Albrecht, Gov. Terry Branstad’s communications director, claimed in a statement that Branstad "does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, age, religion, gender or sexual orientation" and didn't know Godfrey was gay.