Friday, December 11, 2009

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

In the late 1980's, I spent some time in Jefferson City.  Elbert Walton, Jr. was serving in the Missouri House of Representatives at the time.  During a debate over legislative pay raises, Walton took the floor to explain why he would vote to raise his own pay.  He said that he would rather his constituents think that he was greedy than think he was stupid.

Walton's daughter, Rochelle Walton Gray (D-Black Jack), now serves in the Missouri House.  According to this story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ms. Gray is "pushing two bills" in the General Assembly that would directly benefit her father.

Maybe she would rather her constituents think that she is corrupt than think she is stupid.

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