Blunt is expected to appoint him again until the Senate returns to session in 2008. Gambaro reportedly does not have the backing of his district's senator, Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, who defeated him last year in the Democratic primary:
Smith said he was disappointed that Blunt's staff had yet to respond to the public concerns he had raised about Gambaro, who has indicated support for some school-choice programs. Gambaro also was among Smith's rivals for the state Senate in last summer's Democratic primary.
Gambaro's Senate campaign was bankrolled by billionaire voucher supporter Rex Sinquefield, as was noted in the June 11 Turner Report.