Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Smith turns to lobbyist for help with misdemeanor charge
A lobbyist-sponsored junket ended in a misdemeanor charge against Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, and according to Pettis County Circuit Court records he is looking to a lobbyist to defend him against that charge.
Joe Bednar, a longtime Missouri Democratic Party powerhouse, is listed as Smith's attorney. Bednar, a partner with the powerful Armstrong Teasdale firm, served as chief counsel to Governors Mel Carnahan and Roger Wilson...and is also a registered lobbyist representing Ameren UE, Centene Corporation, St. Louis University, Devry, and BJC Health Systems, as well as Armstrong Teasdale.
It would appear Smith is well aware of how damaging a charge like this, misdemeanor though it may be, could be to what appears to be a promising political career.
More information about the charges against Smith, Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, and lobbyist Lynne Schlosser can be found in the Sept. 25 Turner Report.
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