Thursday, February 21, 2008
AG Race Heats Up - "Koster Sides with His No. 1 Donor’s Pro-Voucher Stand"
The Democratic Primary for AG continues to heat up. Here's a recent press release from Jeff Harris.
Koster Sides with His No. 1 Donor’s Pro-Voucher Stand; Ducks Committee Vote on Voucher Issue After Taking $100,000 from Rex Sinquefield
Columbia, MO – Yesterday Senator Chris Koster, a candidate for Attorney General, skipped out of a committee hearing to avoid casting a vote on the issue of school vouchers (SCS/SBs 993 & 770), which was before the Pensions, Veterans’ Affairs and General Laws Committee early yesterday afternoon.
Koster is clearly finding it difficult to shed his long-held Republican positions – like his strong support of vouchers. Rather than let voters know exactly where he stands on this pivotal issue involving funding for our schools, Koster ducked.
Representative Jeff Harris, who is challenging Koster in the Democratic Attorney General’s race, issued the following statement:
“Chris Koster can try to duck tough votes, but he can’t cover up the fact that he took almost $100,000 from a single Republican donor who strongly supports school vouchers. As Attorney General, would Koster also dodge taking on tough cases when they conflict with what his wealthy campaign contributors support? Democratic voters should make no mistake. Chris Koster’s no-show on yesterday’s voucher vote is no different than a vote against Missouri’s public schools. Instead of taking the heat, Chris Koster got out of the kitchen. I have always been 100% against vouchers and will hold the line against them in my capacity as Attorney General.”
Koster’s campaign accepted nearly $100,000 in funneled cash from billionaire Republican Rex Sinquefield, who has spent vast sums of his fortune to promote vouchers and to attack Missouri’s public schools. Despite calls from Jeff Harris and Missouri educators, Koster has refused to return the money to Sinquefield.
Every Missouri-based educational group opposes SCS/SBs 993 & 770, while Koster’s No. 1 donor, Rex Sinquefield is pushing for its passage.