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Governor continues to abuse the system

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

"Holden is labeled one-term Bob in Jefferson City"

Gov. Bob Holden continues to amaze me with his arrogance, lack of leadership and his blatant and abusive brand of politics. The latest Holden blunder was reported Monday by the Associated Press in a well-written and thoroughly researched news analysis by David Lieb.

When five Democratic state lawmakers either resigned or died in recent months, good Gov. Holden immediately scheduled a special election to fill the Democratic seats. Yet two months after a Republican legislator resigned, Holden has yet to set a special election. This abuse of power should be ample reason to limit Holden to one-term in office. That is our sincere hope.

When Democrat John Scott retired Sept. 28, Holden issued an election order on Oct. 1, the day Scott left office. When Democrat Harry Kennedy's seat became available on Dec. 21, Holden issued a special election order that very same day. When Democrats Louis Ford and Maida Coleman resigned Jan. 10 and Jan. 14, Holden set a special election order on Jan. 14.

But two months after Republican David Levin resigned, there remains no special election order from the Governor's desk. That means the GOP district has been without a representative. And it also obviously means there is one less Republican in the House for Holden to battle.

A Holden spokesman says that's just the way it is - no rush from either party to call for an election of the opposing party. But the Associated Press reviewed 25 special elections called by former Gov. John Ashcroft and in no case did he wait more than two months to set an election.

It's time that Bob Holden quit playing politics at the expense of Missouri residents. His ongoing embarrassments are a slap in the face to all Missourians, not just the opposition party. The yellow-dog Democrats who defend his actions speak volumes about their true intentions. It should be impossible to justify the actions or lack of actions taken by Missouri's current governor.

Holden is labeled one-term Bob in Jefferson City and those phrases are even coming from within his own party. With antics like his special election brouhaha, it's no wonder.

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