On Sunday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an editorial criticizing the Missouri House for passing a resolution urging Congress to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. What's unusual about the resolution is that the supersonic jet is manufactured by Lockheed Martin — a rival of Boeing Military Aircraft, which is headquarted in St. Louis.
Now, why would Missouri lawmakers want the F-35 to prosper? Roe's firm, Axiom Strategies, represents Lockheed Martin. Roe also advises a number of Missouri Republicans, including House Speaker Steve Tilley.
Today, the Post-Dispatch has another editorial that's harsh on Roe. This one accuses him of working both sides of the street.
Earlier this week, congressional candidate Ann Wagner released a statement criticizing the House for endorsing the "Texas-built F-35." The resolution, she says, is an "affront" to Boeing, which manufactures the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
The funny thing about Wagner's criticism is that it apparently emanated from Roe's shop. One of his employees e-mailed the statement, according to the Post-Dispatch.
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