Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mo. Senate Pollster: "I Was Not Fired"

The pollster who ran a recent Missouri U.S. Senate race poll said he wasn't fired from his polling company, as was reported by The Oklahoman.
Chris Wilson, who recently conducted a statewide poll as a "feasibility study" for Sarah Steelman said that story, printed in 2004, was wrong. The story said that Wilson was fired for stealing secrets and money while working for a competing firm. Qorvis Communications filed a lawsuit against Wilson. But Wilson said he was not fired. "Our strategic relationship was terminated. This is a complicated business dispute that . . . was resolved in arbitration," Wilson wrote The Notebook in an e-mail. Wilson is the founder and chief executive officer of Wilson Research Strategies, a Republican consulting company with offices in Oklahoma and Washington.

"I find it a bit sad that Blunt and his people would attempt to tie an ancient business dispute to the survey findings," Wilson said. "To do so illustrates a disturbing disregard for the opinions of Missouri voters," Wilson said.

The poll found both Roy Blunt and Steelman trailing Democrat Robin Carnahan in a potential 2010 U.S. Senate match-up. But it was also designed to test the potential vulnerabilities of a Blunt candidacy.

For more on the poll, click HERE.

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