Monday, May 08, 2006
Pull another string and Nodler will do backflips
In the second day of a three-day report on the money behind Sen. Gary Nodler, Joplin Globe investigative reporter Max McCoy pulls the curtain open and allows us to see the master manipulators who are behind one of the most powerful elected officials in the state.
It's a list of the usual suspects: Gary Duncan, CEO of Freeman Health, the bigwigs at Empire District Electric Company, Rudy Farber in Neosho, etc. My favorite part of the article is where Nodler Leadership PAC treasurer Nick Myers, a Joplin CPA, says the PAC was meant to promote the senator's leadership style. It may be the first leadership PAC designed to perpetuate bullying, petulance, holding petty grudges, blaming everyone else for your own problems, and out-and-out childishness.
Apparently, Nodler lends his name to this Leadership PAC, according to the McCoy investigation, but nothing else. Of course, the same suspects who are donating to the Nodler PAC are the ones who are donating to his regular campaign fund. Makes you wonder just how many decisions he makes in regard to his state senate duties, and how many are made by the big money men who are pulling his strings.
(Note: An apology is necessary for the headline to this post. It has been at least two decades since the senator has had the ability to do backflips. It is rumored however, that he can jump to attention in record time when one of his big contributors is on the line.)
A sidebar to today's major story features a profile of Nick Myers, who is portrayed as the power behind the throne.