The Campaign Kickoff event for Bill Otto for Congress is Friday, September 25, 2015 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The event will be held at Laborers Local 110 New Headquarters, 4532 S Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63127.
Last Friday, the Republicans blatantly tried to intimidate one of their own to switch her vote on Right To Work (RTW).
For six years, Rep. Kathie Conway (104th House District) has steadfastly stood up to her party bosses and voted with the working people of her district by voting against Right To Work. Now, with the veto override session only days away there was a full page ad in the Post-Dispatch threatening Conway.
The ad all but called union leaders thugs and assumed Conway’s constituents weren’t intelligent enough to determine what is the real threat to their rights to bargain for a safer work place, wages, fringe benefits, and job security.
All Conway’s supporters need to ask themselves is this: Which situation is best for me? Do I want a work where my employer has dictatorial power over my life, or would I rather work where I know my employer will be held to fair and mutually agreed upon working conditions? Talk about a no brainer.
Conway isn’t the only one being threatened to desert their voters and side with those who are buying off Missouri’s legislature. The ad was placed by Americans For Prosperity which is simply a front for the employee hating, all I care about is me, Koch brothers.
The Koch brothers along with Missouri’s own “I want to be king”, Rex Sinquefield, have purchased power at the top of Missouri’s Republican legislature. Wentzville’s Rep. Bryan Spencer switched his vote from against RTW to supporting it when told by party leaders to fall in line. If he didn’t they threatened to find a primary opponent to run against him and fund that campaign with $200,000. The rumbling we hear coming from the east is Jefferson and Madison turning over in their graves.
The billionaire Koch brothers have promised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the next election and legislation which returns us to the days of the extreme robber barons. The Republican “Boss Hogs” know in order to keep their money trough full, they must break the backs of St. Charles Republican legislators. Along with Conway, Reps Hicks, Sommer, Cornejo, Korman and Zerr voted against the RTW. It’s time to pick up the phone and tell these people to support the average Joe’s, not the self –selected few who have become Republican party dictators. Tell them not to override the veto of HB116 staying true to their original votes.
Since Democratic Senator Ted House completed his term in 2002, not one St. Charles County’s state senator has completed their full term. Only Republican senators have been elected since then, and they have all quit early choosing personal gain over their sworn duty to serve their constituents.
The latest Republican quitter is Senator Tom Dempsey who has been purchased by billionaire Rex Sinquefield to do his bidding as an insider lobbyist. Instead of doing his best for over 200,000 residents of our county, Dempsey has cashed in his chips for personal profit and kissed the foot of an autocratic want-to-be king.
Unfortunately for citizens of St. Charles County, Dempsey is just another in an ever lengthening list of St. Charles County Republicans who have deserted their posts early for their own monetary advantage. Republicans have a sordid history of running up the white flag of surrender more often than the French Army.
In 2005, Sen. Jon Dolan quit for the well paid cushy job of lobbyist for the Missouri Healthcare Association. In May of 2007, Dempsey’s predecessor Sen. Chuck Gross bailed out early when his mentor former Senator and now County Executive Steve Ehlmann made him an offer he couldn’t refuse to become Director of Administration for St. Charles County.
Perhaps the greediest of the quitters was former Senator Scott Rupp. In the middle of last year’s legislative session, Rupp summarily quit to take an appointment to the Missouri Public Service Commission. This part time job pays a whopping $105,570 while still allowing Rupp to keep his patronage banking job.
It shouldn’t be lost on voters, three of these quitters, Dempsey, Gross, and Rupp all took jobs as vice presidents of banks while in office even though none had degrees in finance or any banking experience. So their hands were getting well-greased before they actually quit.
Add to these senatorial quitters two key house members. In 2007, former House Pro Tem Carl Bearden walked out on his constituents to also follow the green money trail of Rex Sinquefield. Then in 2010, Sally Faith promised not to run for Mayor of St. Charles if citizens would reelect her to the House. Six months later she was sworn in as mayor.
The picture is clear for voters. The Republicans they have been electing to do the people’s work are more about their own financial futures than the future of St. Charles County.
The 2016 election season is already underway! Whether you are “Ready for Hillary” or “Feel the Bern”, or you are ready to stand with our great statewide and congressional candidates like Jason Kander, Chris Koster and Bill Otto, we’ll get you plugged into the action.
This informational session is focused on sharing information on your locally elected officials as well as ways that you can get ready for November 2016 and help these Democrats. It’s going to be an exciting year. No RSVP required, bring a friend.
When: Tuesday, August 18th from 7-8 pm
Where: Spencer Library, Room 112
427 Spencer Rd, St Peters, MO 63376
Bill Otto, a two–term State Representative (D-70th District), three-term Bridgeton councilman, Navy veteran, and retired air traffic controller, announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.
Otto launched his campaign this morning with a video announcement found at billotto.org/announcement.
Governor Jay Nixon, Senator Claire McCaskill, and Secretary of State Jason Kander carried this swing district in 2012. This district includes portions of St. Louis and St. Charles counties, and is currently represented by Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R). As a state representative from this area, every day Bill Otto fights for the clean-up of the burning nuclear waste in the Bridgeton landfill, an out of control situation that has greatly impacted the citizens of the 2nd District.
Otto believes that American is full of promise for those who reach for it. When he was 15-years old, his mother died and the state placed Bill in a boys’ home. On his 17th birthday he aged out of the state care system and found himself on the street – no family, no place to go, a homeless teen.
“It was a tough start, but with the encouragement and support from some amazing teachers and mentors, I attended college,” said Otto. “Later I joined the Navy where I served for seven years and learned a profession that would last a lifetime.”
As a state legislator, Otto fights every day for issues that matter to the hard working men and women he represents: defending the rights of citizens who live around the burning radioactive landfill, ensuring workers’ rights, making sure veterans get the respect and benefits they deserve, and protecting the American Dream for families, a dream that is being severely eroded.
“Congresswoman Wagner has simply dropped the ball in representing us,” Otto continued. “We need a representative who understands our needs and puts us ahead of their personal political ambitions, a person who is more concerned about the people of our District than their political party, a person who can truly work across the aisle, make the hard decisions, and then is willing to come home to explain their actions.
“The working men and women of this District deserve better representation in Washington, and I will work day and night to give them just that,” Otto emphasized.
Paid for by Bill Otto for Congress, Harvey Ferdman, Treasurer
Maryland Heights, MO (May 26, 2015)
May 11 – 6:30pm at the Spencer Road Library-Koch Brothers Movie and Discussion, no RSVP needed, but for more info call Dave at 314-604-1316
The St. Charles County Democrats Second Annual Golf Tournament is on August 15, 2015 at Emerald Greens. Shotgun start at 1 pm. – This is a new date due to scheduling conflicts.
The cost is $90 per golfer, or $350 for a Foursome. Fee includes Greens Fee, Cart, and Box Lunch. Registration and Lunch Start at 12 Noon.
The event will be a four person, 18-hole scramble. Prizes awarded for nearest to the Pin and longest drive.
Contact Brad DiMariano or Morton Todd at 636-946-1066 regarding sponsorships, donations, or golfer sign-ups
Emerald Greens Golf Course is located at 12385 Larimore Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138