In his latest newsletter, Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, wrote about negative advertising that has been directed at him lately due to his vote last year to uphold Gov. Jay Nixon;s veto of right-to-work legislation.
The advertising to which he was referring was a video (which accompanies this post) portraying Engler as a tool of the unions and noting that he had accepted more than $50,000 in contributions from unions.
Recently a fund setup primarily by a multi-millionaire from Joplin, David Humphreys, has been running attack ads on radio and the internet for voting the way the majority of my district wanted.
Mr. Humphreys owns Tamko Building Products and is extremely anti-union. So extreme that he has put up approximately $1 million of his own money to run negative ads against any representative who voted against the Right to Work legislation.
The accusations are endless and I invite anyone to check the Missouri Ethics website (www.moethics.mo.gov) on the fact that I do not take trips, gifts, meals or anything from lobbyists.
On occasion and for convenience a charge will show up on my ethics account but I in turn have always paid back the amount and the account reflects this payback. Also, the ads refer to money in my campaign account that will be used for my upcoming re-election campaign. I am proud of my work in the Missouri Legislature, both the House and the Senate, and I have nothing to hide. I have served with honesty and integrity and Mr. Humphreys is using politics and money to smear good people with good reputations who simply disagreed with him. Basically Mr. Humphreys is mad because he was on the losing side of “Let the Majority of the People Rule”.
Thank you for all that have called or emailed your support. I truly appreciate it. Throughout this session I will continue to represent the people of my district. I will not be bullied, pressured or threatened, and my vote cannot be bought or coerced by a rich guy from Joplin. No matter how much is spent against me I will not capitulate!
David Humphreys responded to Engler's column with the following comment:
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. You have made it very clear that your vote is not for sale because you already sold out --- to union money.
It must be tough to have your campaign contributions exposed.
Very sorry to have hurt your feelings. Perhaps you'd be more comfortable with Hillary and the Democrats; or maybe even more so with Bernie and the Socialists.
Thanks for not using your wife again to email me and complain.
Enjoy the video.
More to come ...later
All the best,