Thursday, June 28, 2007

‘Leader’ Blunt Screws the Pooch

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 7:59 PM

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Last month, civic leader and Republican consigliere Warren Erdman told me that Gov. Matt Blunt is the state’s “leading advocate for stem-cell research.”

Erdman tried to pass this line of crap after the boy governor elevated a foe of stem-cell research. Blunt put state Rep. Rob Onder on the Life Sciences Research Board, even though Onder had fought the passage of the constitutional amendment to protect stem-cell research in Missouri.

Now we’re seeing the consequences of Blunt’s "leading advocacy."

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research, which has a $2 billion endowment, announced today that it is suspending expansion plans because of the state’s anti-science climate. The Kansas City Business Journal is reporting that Onder’s appointment was “one of the final straws.”

Oops.

I’d like to see Erdman, a KC Southern VP who chairs the city’s Economic Development Corp., atone for his fact-challenged support of the governor. The Stowers Institute has purchased 100 acres for future growth, land that will sit idle because of the Jeff City Taliban. Perhaps Erdman should set up a lemonade stand on the site to make up for some what the city and state will lose on account of the wing of the GOP that thinks it's OK to manipulate embryos for breeding home-schoolers but not for curing disease. – David Martin

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