Saturday, August 18, 2007
Attorney general candidate lacking knowledge
Michael Gibbons has served as president pro tem of the Missouri Senate and is running for attorney general, but the St. Louis County Republican seems a bit lacking in his knowledge of important political figures and contributors, according to his July campaign disclosure form filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
In the spot where the reports are supposed to include information about the occupation of the contributors, on several he put "information requested."
Among the people Gibbons apparently did not know were former U. S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, John B. Mahaffey, Springfield, head of Mahaffey Enterprises, which owns radio stations in several states; Keith Burdick, Jenks, Okla., chief financial officer of the XCaliber tobacco company and a regular GOP contributor; and Michael DeCola, Clayton, CEO of Mississippi Lime Company.
The prize among that crew, of course, is Hutchinson. Not only did he serve as a U. S. Representative, but he was one of the managers, or prosecutors who were in charge of President Bill Clinton's impeachment. Since that time, Hutchinson has served as director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and was undersecretary for border and transportation security for the Department of Homeland Security.
Gibbons also is apparently blissfully unaware of what a lobbyist is. His July disclosure form shows he received contributions from five, none of whom was listed as a lobbyist.
Lobbyists contributing to Gibbons' campaign were:
-Penman and Winton, which represents AT&T and numerous St. Louis interests, listed by the firm name
-William Shoehigh, lobbyist for Microsoft, and the University of Phoenix, listed as W. E. Shoehigh, LLC
-James Ferrell, listed as James Ferrell & Associates, represents the city of St. Louis.
-James R. Moody, listed as James R. Moody & Associates, lobbies for Bristol Myers, Carlson Gardner, Springfield, Coalition to Fund Excellent Schools, and numerous health care interests.
-Harvey Tettlebaum, simply listed under his name and his California, MO., address, represents the Missouri Health Care Association, Missouri Republican State Committee, and the law firm of Husch and Eppenberger.