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This is going to become a much quoted classic line in the history of Missouri politics:

I-Team: Sen. Jim Lembke says his vote can’t be bought with cheeseburgers

11:41 PM, Feb 23, 2012

“….My position is that I can’t be influenced by someone buying me a cheeseburger,” said Lembke, who sat down with NewsChannel 5 for a lengthy interview.

But it wasn’t all cheeseburgers.

In 2011, lobbyists reported giving Sen. Lembke 107 meals and gifts, including a $350 golf outing paid for by AT&T. The Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #562 bought him a meal for $100. Another lobbyist bought him a $120 bottle of wine….

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The cheeseburger part, that is.

It’s been a good week, eh?:

Conservative Local Lawmakers Left Behind by Redistricting

Jordan Shapiro

February 23, 2012 6:00 PM

….Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis County, would still live within his current district, but would be facing a more Democratic leaning electorate. Like Cunningham, Lembke’s term expires this year.

“I am very surprised and disappointed,” Lembke said….

As if redistricting is supposed to protect incumbents? This couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

And all sorts of folks are piling on.

If you want a friend in politics, get a dog.