Thursday, April 16, 2009

"I Think It Was Big of The Governor"

David Steelman acknowledged he was surprised that Governor Jay Nixon tapped him to sit on the board that governs the state retirement system and said he would never turn down an opportunity to serve because of past politics.
"Oh yeah, I was surprised," Steelman said in an interview with The Notebook about his appointment to the MOSERS (Missouri State Employees Retirement System) board. "I think it's an important issue and position, and I have a very strong view, that there's a time for politics and a time for governing."
When asked about what politicos should make of old rivals like Nixon and Steelman teaming up, the former Republican nominee for Attorney General laughed it off. "That was twenty years ago," Steelman said of his highly contentious contest with Nixon in 1992. "Sure, it got a little personal. But I think it was very big of the Governor to do this. I figure Governor Nixon might get some heat from the Democrats on this too. But that's what this country's got to get past. You have elections, you have the fight, and then they are done. You govern. And I don't think anybody should turn down an opportunity to serve because of politics," Steelman said.
Steelman said he will head to Jefferson City in May for a fact-finding meeting about MOSERS with Travis Morrison, a West Plains businessman also appointed to the board by Nixon. Asked about how long he'll serve on the board, Steelman replied, "I wouldn't expect to be there long. The goal is to resolve these compensation and transparency issues." Steelman outlined one question he wants answered early on: "I don't understand why MOSERS isn't part of the Missouri transparency portal. There may be a good reason for it, but I don't understand why -- and I'm gonna ask about it."
Steelman heads back to work in the public arena just when speculation is swirling about if/when his wife will leap into the 2010 U.S. Senate race.
When asked about whether this appointment by a Democratic Governor would just fuel questions about The Steelman family's commitment to the Republican Party and conservative issues, Steelman replied: "One, I don't think that people who really know us will feel that way . . . Two, those people are going to find a reason to complain no matter what."


Harrison Gentry said...

Since when is payback considered "big"? The Steelman's helped get the Governor elected which is good for the agenda of trial lawyer millionaires like Mr. Steelman, but not for the Republican/conservative agenda they pretend to be a part of. Anyone remember the primary attacks and then the selfish vindictive unwillingness to endorse Hulshof after Hulshof defeated the Steelmans? Maybe now their motivation is more transparent.

Alice Keith said...

Gentry, that was something one may not see in the media. Often, the only Republicans the Media reliably favor are the ones like the Steelman's who undermine other Republicans. Easy ticket for favorable press, say you are a Republican and attack other Republicans. Meanwhile, send out a search party for when the Steelman's attack the policies of the Governor, and Washington-based trial lawyers and labor bosses. They are entitled to their favored ageneda, of course, but Republicans should review if the Steelman Republican currency is counterfeit.