The Spence for Governor sign at the new Beta Theta Pi house at MU.
The head of the Missouri Republican Party, Lloyd Smith, is accusing Democratic Governor Jay Nixon of “being caught red-handed using official resources to intimidate and threaten supporters of one of his political opponents”.
Smith’s criticism of Nixon follows an Associated Press report about a ‘Dave Spence for Governor’ banner hanging on the outside of Beta Theta Pi’s new fraternity house being built on the University of Missouri campus. Spence was a member of the fraternity in college.
The fraternity’s counselor says a member of Nixon’s staff called him about the banner.
Counselor Jason Swindle says it was Nixon’s Communication Director, Sam Murphey.
The AP report says, “Murphey had expressed concern the banner might jeopardize the nonprofit status of a fraternity foundation.”
The AP says Murphey would not comment about any actions he took.
Smith’s blast at Nixon continued.
“Given the fact that more than 220,000 Missourians still cannot find work, you would think that Gov Nixon has better things to do with his time than harassing college fraternities over political signs.”
The report says the campaign sign as been removed after some other members of the fraternity and its alums worried about getting involved in state politics.