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Why On Earth Would We Need Oversight In St Louis County?!?

May 11th, 2020 by editor · No Comments

[Source: Jeffrey Bricker/File photo]

The latest brewing controversy in St Louis County has been over the federal stimulus money being received to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In the left corner is Council Chairperson Lisa Clancy. In the right corner is the “Republican Caucus” members Mark Harder, Tim Fitch, and Ernie Trakas. The question at hand is how to handle the $180 million in federal stimulus to fight COVID-19 pandemic.

Clancy says:

“This is a public health emergency,” Clancy repeated in response. “We need to move swiftly. There is ample opportunity for council members to get the information they need to make an informed decision about this, and I encourage everyone to do so.”

Republican caucus says:

“The county executive has already earmarked certain government officials and departments in our region for their use with no oversight; long before this money ever reaches St. Louis County.”

Could Clancy have a hidden motive behind handing all the money over to the county executive to use as he and his appointees see fit?

Clancy disagrees:

“She said she did not have a conflict of interest. She said when Page hired her brother, he did so without her consultation. She said she wasn’t thrilled about how it would look, but that it had no impact on her role as council chair.”

Admittedly though the county executive should keep an eye over his shoulder given is Campaign Manager’s resume

Organizing Director – Mantovani for STL Sept 2017 – Aug 2018

  • Responsible for the creation and implementation of a detailed field plan, $300,000 budget, and strategy

Field Director – Citizens for Steve Stenger April 2014 – Jan 2015

  • Managed the field campaign for Steve Stenger’s successful bid for St. Louis Count Executive

Shoot…..even the highly biased editorial board of the St Louis Post Dispatch thinks it is a bad idea:

“The Post-Dispatch editorial page weighed in on the matter. “Even if they have the best of intentions, their backroom, partisan maneuvers stink of impropriety.””

It should be interesting how this plays out….it doesn’t bode well for Chair Clancy when Bill McClellan says

“For a liberal Democrat the rule is this: When you’ve lost the Post-Dispatch editorial board, you’ve lost the room.”

Related:

STL County Ends 2011 with Surplus After County Executive Said County in Desperate Financial Straits

Dooley Lays Off 26; $200k a Year Cronies Keep Their Jobs

Stenger Gets Nearly 4 Years In Prison For Corruption Scheme

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