"Perks of being a legislator in Missouri: a daily expense allowance, special license plates and don't forget the free movies."
That's how Associated Press writer David Lieb began his article on the free movie perk that Missouri legislators, including Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, receive from the United Motion Picture Association.
The article does not mention Sen. Nodler's run-in with the caregiver for the developmentally disabled adults that has become a cause celebre in southwest Missouri these past several days, but it does quote the senator. This is how the article features Nodler:
"I don't know anything about the organization that provides the passes," said GOP Sen. Gary Nodler, a movie buff who studied film history in college. "I've never had any contact or communication with them, I don't believe they lobby at all, and I can't imagine what their issues would be."
Nodler's comment ran in dozens of newspapers nationwide, including Newsday in New York, the Chicago Tribune, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Philadelphia Inquirer and newspapers in other cities, including Macon, Ga., Biloxi, Miss., Grand Forks, N. D., St. Paul, Minn., Columbus, Ga., Seattle, Wash., Bradenton, Fla., Wilkes Barre, Pa., Fort Worth, Texas, Tallahassee, Fla., Louisville, Ky., and Miami, Fla.