It appears that some of the controversial choices made by Governor Matt Blunt to receive license offices will not be getting them after all.
The Associated Press is reporting that Blunt administration officials have said the offices will likely be awarded to other people. The information was released just hours after the Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed Democratic Party complaints against Blunt for awarding the same offices to Hohulin and to a number of people connected to U. S. Attorney Todd Graves.
The complaints were dismissed on a technicality: Supposedly the offices had not been officially awarded yet (even though the announcements were made several weeks ago) so no ethics violations had taken place.
As you might expect, Democrats are crowing that Blunt backed down because he got caught, while the Republicans are saying that is not the case.
Department of Revenue Secretary Maura Browning said Thursday that Hohulin is unlikely to receive the contract that had been tentatively awarded to him, according to the AP article.