Eric Greitens Seems to Have a Lot of Secrets
A mobile app called Confide is the hottest topic in Missouri politics these days, and not because it is a voter outreach tool or the best way to track bills moving through the legislature. The Kansas City Star reported last last week that Governor Eric Greitens and his senior staff use the app for what it does with their conversations: destroys them after they have been read. Not only does the text message service delete the message, the app will not allow for saving, forwarding, printing or taking screenshots. This draws seemingly unanswerable questions about whether these messages are in regards to state business that will now never been seen by the public or if it is for personal or campaign purposes.
The story has prompted a number of groups to start asking questions of the Greitens administration, many of which are not being answered. Senator Scott Sifton has formally requested the State Attorney General investigate and determine if there are violations of the Sunshine Law, but the AG's office claims they cannot get involved because they are already representing the Governor's office in ongoing litigation. When this potential conflict has happened before, then Attorney General Jay Nixon appointed an independent investigative team to avoid a conflict.
Rep. Gina Mitten of St. Louis County says that if the Governor or his staff are conducting public business using the Confide app, it's no different than "throwing official documents in a fireplace."
Operating in the shadows is nothing new to Eric Greitens. Literally since his inauguration day, Greitens has hidden his donors, orchestrated political attacks and travel through a sham non-profit set up across from his offices, and refused to take questions from media. As Rep. Lauren Arthur put it, "Greitens ran on a platform of cleaning up Jefferson City, yet he continues to find innovative and destructive ways to undermine the institution and subvert accountability."
But that's just when he is actually in the state! The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has determined our Governor has spent the equivalent of seven weeks outside of Missouri since taking office less than a year ago. Here is a fun interactive map where you can see all of the high dollar fundraising dinners, photo ops with Trump and Pence, and probable campaign trips to Iowa he has taken since January.
- 40 Club Lunch: Tuesday, December 12, noon at Sheet Metal Workers #2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd. KCMO 64129). Guest Speaker is Councilman Scott Wagner. $15. All are encouraged to attend and build this historic labor club.
- House Victory Committee Fundraiser: Tuesday, December 12. Event will feature Jason Kander and several members of the State House. 5:30-7:30 at Travois (210 W 19th Terrace KCMO).
- Freedom Inc Holiday Party: December 14, 6-8pm at Freedom HQ, 1202 Brooklyn Ave KCMO
- United Eastern Democrats Holiday Party: December 13th at Courthouse Exchange (113 W Lexington, Independence) 7pm. Heavy appetizers served.
- Heartland Alliance for Progress: No meeting in December but back at it January 22nd at Californo's. Guest speaker, Hon. Jeremy LaFaver with the Campaign for Tax Fairness.