Sources who are nowhere close to Gary Nodler (in fact, they have never even talked to him or wanted to talk to him) insist that the Seventh District Congressional candidate has a plan to clear up the controversy over what exactly constitutes an earmark.
If you will recall, the media, particularly Chad Livengood at the Springfield News-Leader, have been holding Nodler's feet to the fire concerning the senator's claim that the $25 million forgivable loan he arranged for Eagle-Picher of Joplin was not an earmark.
These sources claim Nodler actually said, "It's not an earmark, and the only way you can prove it is through DNA testing of my ears. You won't find a mark anywhere on the bill."
The same sources insist Nodler conceded that if DNA proves it is an earmark, that the ears belong to Kit Bond.