The new governor

Posted 11/7/19

Eric Greitens, St. Louis, will face many challenges as Missouri’s new governor. His victory over Democrat Chris Koster was a surprise to many people because of Koster’s experience as attorney …

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The new governor

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Eric Greitens, St. Louis, will face many challenges as Missouri’s new governor. His victory over Democrat Chris Koster was a surprise to many people because of Koster’s experience as attorney general, a huge campaign money chest, and widespread endorsements such as the Missouri Farm Bureau and National Rifle Association.And Greitens was not the darling of many members of his Republican Party. His criticism of state lawmakers, and other officials, was so broad it included many members of his own party. Also, a spirited primary election left some of the losers unhappy with Greitens.One of his first orders of business, we would think, would be to establish a good relationship with members of his own party who are serving in the General Assembly, and with other leaders in his party.Greitens will have a Republican majority in both chambers, which is to his advantage in the legislative process.It will be interesting to see who he appoints to key positions, his inner circle of advisers, and his legislative agenda. He talked during the campaign about cleaning up state government, but no specifics were given. He didn’t offer much depth in the other subjects he discussed in the campaign.One worry about Greitens is transparency. During the campaign he refused to release his tax returns and would not tell where the “dark money” came from for his campaign. It is known most of his campaign money came from outside of Missouri.He talked about hiring a chief operating officer to run the day to day operations of the state. The governor usually is the COO.We wish Greitens well and hope the state moves forward in a positive manner in all aspects of life in Missouri under his leadership.We wish Greitens well and that the state will progress under his leadership.


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