Today, from our good friends at Fired Up!:
….St. Luke’s sued the company hired by the HRCC to make the calls, Survey Saint Louis, which just happens to be owned by Speaker Ron Richard’s legislative director, Tom Smith. Last week, the AP reported that Smith claimed no knowledge of the bogus caller IDs until he learned about them in the media, but was nevertheless paying St. Luke’s legal bills in their lawsuit against him.
Wagman reports today that Smith still isn’t interested in explaining why his company lied to voters. And incredibly, HRCC Chairman and Speaker-elect Steve Tilley (R-Perryville) claims that he hasn’t even talked about issue with Smith. Even though he’s in charge of the caucus and professes to dismayed by the calls, he says he hasn’t actually talked to the government/campaign staffer in charge of the calls. (Maybe he’s been too busy moving into his new Las Vegas mansion?) In fact, Tilley hasn’t even pretended that he’s taken any action to stop this sort of garbage in the future, except to condemn it in the media after the fact.
Impressive stuff from the Party of Personal Responsibility.
Previously on the republican robocalls:
HRCC robocall in the 121st Legislative District: desperation and homophobia (October 27, 2010)
The Missouri HRCC steps in it with homophobic robocalls (October 28, 2010)
Tilley (r) on HRCC robocalls: Uh, that didn’t go very well, did it? (October 28, 2010)
Tilley (r) on HRCC robocalls: “But, but, the Democrats are mean to us…” (October 29, 2010)
Campaign Finance: old media needs to learn to do some freakin’ research (October 29, 2010)
I guess I’m going to have to go with “No Comment” (October 29, 2010)
Another Democrat fights sleazy robocalls (October 30, 2010)
HRCC? What HRCC? I just like their swag… (October 30, 2010)
Missouri’s HRCC and the robocalls: follow the money (October 31, 2010)
HRCC? What HRCC? I’ve never heard of them… (November 1, 2010)