DES MOINES, Iowa | Former Iowa Gov. Ray’s legacy contrasts with modern GOP
DES MOINES, Iowa — Regarded as a savior to many Vietnam War refugees and as a political centrist willing to cross party lines, former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray will be remembered at a funeral Friday as a beloved leader — who likely would have a tough time being elected in today’s political climate.
As Iowa residents of all political stripes reflect on the Republican governor’s 14-year bipartisan legacy, many acknowledge that the qualities that made Ray so respected and effective would largely disqualify him as a politician today, reflecting dramatic changes in state and national politics in the 35 years since he left office.