Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stenger Fires Back at Controversial Dooley Ad

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stenger Fires Back at Controversial Dooley Ad

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CLAYTON * St. Louis County executive candidate Steve Stenger has struck back at a controversial advertisement that likened his representation of a criminal defendant in a prostitution ring to an overall disrespect for women.

In a commercial that began airing Thursday morning on St. Louis broadcast and cable outlets, Stenger brushes aside criticism of his court-appointed defense in the case, which happened 14 years ago, and turns the tables on his opponent, County Executive Charlie Dooley.

The real issue, Stenger tells viewers, "is that Charlie started turning away victims of domestic violence" at the county shelter for homeless and abused women.

"And I passed a law to keep it open to all. There is too much waste and mismanagement in the county. And together with (county prosecutor) Bob McCulloch, we're going to clean it up."

Dooley has denied that women were turned away from the shelter.

The Stenger response follows by 24 hours the release of a Dooley commercial that focuses on a statement made by Stenger during a trial in 2000 that resulted in guilty pleas or convictions of 15 defendants in a high-profile sex trafficking case. …

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