Representative Katie Conway (R-106th) had polled her constituents and found they were overwhelmingly against Right to Work. Yet, just before the veto override session, the Koch Brothers took out a full page ad in the Post-Dispatch threatening Conway not to stick to her convictions and the sentiment of her electorate by voting against Right to Work.
At the veto override session, Conway had her “Profile in Courage” moment and voted her conscience and against her own political advancement by sustaining Governor Nixon’s veto of Right to Work. Now, the out-of-state, influence selling, legislator buying, Koch brothers are feeding Conway, a loyal Republican, to the sharks. They have taken out another full page ad saying Conway “Betrayed Us”.
This is not about “Us”; it’s about them, the money buys power for the Koch brothers. There was no betrayal. Betrayal would have happened only if Conway would have stabbed her constituents in the back and switched her vote.
Contrast Conway’s moral high ground stand with the yellow, cowardly sellout by Reprehensive Robert Cornejo (64th District). In the original vote on HB 116 (Right to Work), Cornejo had the moral integrity to stand up to his political bosses and vote against RTW. Then his buyout bidding started. In the end Cornejo sold his soul and voted for RTW. In return, he got the powerful Chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee. At least, he didn’t go cheap.
Adding to this duplicity, Cornejo, an attorney, voted himself a 25 percent state income tax cut for his “small” business while the average tax cut for his constituents was about $42 a year.
The state motto of Missouri is “Salus populi suprema lex esto” – The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law. Cornejo has put a “For Sale” sign on his door, and a plaque on his wall with his personal motto, “The welfare of Cornejo shall be the supreme law.”