Missouri Governor Matt Blunt should hire the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to do his background checks.
If you recall, last week the governor's appointee to the position of director of the Division of Business Development, Randa Hayes, was forced to resign after it turned out she had been charged with stealing, something she termed a "youthful indiscretion."
Ms. Hanes had stolen money from her sorority when she was in college. It only took a Post-Dispatch reporter a half hour to discover Ms. Hanes' "youthful indiscretion." All the reporter did was check databases that are available, not only to law enforcement and to the media, but also to the general public.
The background check the Missouri Highway Patrol conducted did not uncover it, because it was limited to Missouri and Ms. Hanes' crime took place in Illinois.
It appears from the information that has surfaced from this case that Ms. Hanes' primary qualification for the position was that she was host for a big fundraiser during the governor's campaign last year, and she, her husband, and her husband's law firm donated to the campaign.