Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smart Money Is Letting It Ride on Election Bet

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Smart Money Is Letting It Ride on Election Bet

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BACK IN September, on the very day that Clarence Harmon officially entered the mayoral race, Smart Money predicted he would end up in the mayor's office.

Not at the mayor's desk, but on the wall. Stuffed. A trophy.

Much has happened since September. Some of it has been amusing. For instance, some reform-minded observers have asked the governor to step in and help monitor the election. His help is needed, the theory goes, because the St. Louis Election Board is not to be trusted. Uh, wait a minute. Who do you think appointed the members of the Election Board? It was the governor. Other developments have been more serious. Cell phone records from City Hall revealed a pattern of abuse. The Midnite Basketball scandal led to charges against some former city employees. A contract was awarded for airport expansion and then quickly rescinded amid allegations of favoritism. A recent poll, much maligned, indicated that Harmon was leading the mayor, although, given the poll's margin of error, the race was actually too close to call. At any rate, it seems like an appropriate time to ask Smart Money a question. Has he changed his mind? No, he has not. Smart Money thinks things are going just swimmingly for Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. The mayor deserves some credit. He's running a brilliant campaign. In the first place, he's running against the newspaper. Very clever. By running against the newspaper, the mayor actually gains whenever there is a negative story. Each new story seemingly validates the mayor's contention that the newspaper is out to get him. Besides, this newspaper, like many newspapers, can be unpopular with its readers. In fact, name one entity or person more unpopular than we are. Well, OK, William Stiritz. And now Stiritz, in the heat of the mayoral race, has announced that Ralston Purina Co. is considering leaving the city. At first blush, this seemed like a blow to the mayor. Another company thinking about leaving. But that was at first blush. Truth is, nobody can realistically blame the mayor for the fact that Ralston has sold off a lot of its holdings and may have become too small for its campus. …

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