In response to a recent press release issued by Keep Columbia Free warning the council that they could possibly face recall if they vote in favor of blighting Columbia to insure corporate welfare via the EEZ, Councilperson Gary Kespohl made an interesting comment. Councilman Kespohl has been known to stretch the truth to get what he wants, as evidenced by the unprecedented negative ad campaign that helped him edge out Karl Skala in 2010, but his comment in this interview was more than a stretch; it was an outright lie.
During the KOMU interview Kespohl stated that, “the city council gave citizens the opportunity to submit names of whom they would like to serve on the advisory board, but received no suggestions.” Watch the KOMU story HERE
Oh really, Mr. Kespohl?
It just so happens that the one and only, former-councilperson Karl Skala, a member of CiViC (Citizens Involved and Invested In Columbia), a group formed in opposition to the EEZ proposal, submitted a list to Mr. Kespohl and the rest of the council five days prior to this interview.
Click HERE to view the attachment Karl attached to his email to Mayor and Council.
So why did he lie? I guess we all know why, but fellow councilperson and Chamber-endorsed running mate Daryl Dudley summed it up the best. Near the end of the KOMU video, Dudley is quoted as saying he’s “willing to do whatever it takes to get the EEZ plan up and rolling.”
If it takes a few public lies and distortions, I guess Kespohl is willing.
For a more in-depth story, visit the KMIZ video by clicking HERE
Click HERE for the Missourian story regarding the potential recall.
Click HERE to read the Missourian’s in-depth report on the issue
Contact the council today and tell them to stop lying and stop the plan to blight Columbia. Click HERE for City Council contact info.