Blunt communications staffer Rich Chrismer said the claims Nixon made about Matt Blunt not living in the Governor's Mansion are false. Chrismer also took issue with a joke Nixon made about a raccoon living in the residence.
"As a member of Gov. Blunt's staff, I am in a position to know where he lives and for Jay Nixon's information he lives in the Governor's Mansion. I have had the privilege of visiting the Blunt's residence on the second floor.The governor and Mrs. Blunt love living in this historic home and they not only live there, their son William Branch is enrolled at preschool in Jefferson City," Chrismer said.
Chrismer added that the Blunt's love of Springfield prompts them to return there on some weekends, holidays and part of the summer. "Missouri is a big and diverse state and the governor also believes in keeping a busy travel schedule so he can interact with and listen to Missourians where they live," Chrismer added.
"As for the raccoon, Jay Nixon got that wrong, too. It was discovered while the Blunt's were at the Mansion. The governor pardoned it and ordered its release to a state park. We recognize that Jay Nixon is running for office and that politicians say a lot of things to try and get elected, but Missourians need to know that Nixon is not telling the truth about the governor's mansion," Chrismer closed.