Tuesday, December 06, 2011

St. Louis County Budget Debate Explodes with Talk Show Comments

Less than a month until the New Year and the budget-balancing debate in St. Louis County is less about dollars and more about education, race and whether a budget gap even exists.

A firestorm was sparked last week when County Executive Charlie Dooley questioned Council Chair Steve Stenger’s budget-balancing experience and Stenger then retorted by pointing out Dooley’s lack of a college education. Dooley demanded an apology for Stenger’s comment.

While interviewing Dooley’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Jones, KMOX talk show host Mark Reardon admitted “baiting” Stenger into making the remark. Jones explained that Dooley was offended by the comment because he remembers a time in history when African-Americans’ intelligence was routinely questioned.

Reardon and Jones tangled over that assertion, which led to Jones asking Reardon, “How old are you, boy?”

Hear the broadcast in total at: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2011/12/06/st-louis-county-budget-debate-explodes-with-talk-show-comments/


  1. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Michael Jones is the Racist. It is a sad day, when someone of his position (Missouri Board of Education) comes in and calls out the KMOX and Councilman Stenger as Racists.
    Charlie Dooley should right this ship now.
    Michael Jones should keep his mouth shut.
    What an embarassment. He should be removed from the Missouri Board of Education.

  2. Anonymous12:02 PM

    Did Albert Puhols leave because of Charlie??