New York (June 3, 2003) -- While he feels that a few CPAs have painted a bad picture for the other members of the profession, the newest addition to the American Institute of CPAs’ board said he is well equipped to help accountants deal with their newfound notoriety.

“I believe that I can make a difference in helping the CPA profession deal with the public scrutiny and the political process,” Terry Branstad, former Iowa Governor, told WebCPA. “In the 16 years that I was governor I held press conferences at least once every week and maintained open access to the media as well as direct contact with my constituents through radio call-in shows and personal visits to each county every year.”

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