David's op-ed concerning the ad that Roy Blunt doesn't want Missourians to see ran in the Springfield News-Leader yesterday. The op-ed was in response to the decision by four broadcast television stations in Joplin and Springfield, MO to pull the ad we showed you last week that links Blunt to indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay's money-laundering schemes.
"'When in doubt, tell the truth. That maxim I did invent, but never expected it to be applied to me,' Mark Twain commented in a 1906 speech, David writes. "While it's clear Blunt doesn't believe the maxim should be applied to him, we should at least apply it to television stations that operate on the public airwaves."
You can read the whole thing here.
Charlie O'Reilly of Nixa wrote into the paper on Sunday, demanding a better explanation from Blunt than simply saying the transactions were "legal."
"While I was glad to know this 'fund swapping' was legal, my question of Rep. Blunt is: What about the basic principles of conduct that we expect of our elected representatives? What about his cooperating with DeLay so that funds were channeled to DeLay's personal interest?," he asks. "I'm also wondering if money I have donated to Blunt over the years has been used in similar questionable 'fund swapping?'"
Today, Tim Straus of Springfield, seconded O'Reilly's comments.
"Congressman Blunt must once again prove that he has the integrity to represent the honest, hardworking people in southwest Missouri. He should make the choice to move beyond being Mr. DeLay's lap dog and an unquestioning mouthpiece for the Republican Party and re-establish himself as an unquestionably honest representative of our area," Straus writes. "He has about 370 days to convince us before the next election."