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Senate President Pro Tem under fire for hiring

October 23, 2001
By: Sara Lane
State Capital Bureau

Some of Missouri's Democratic Senators are mad because they say Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder is trying to make the Senate Staff partisan. Sara Lane has more from Jefferson City.

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Kinder hired Rob Monsees as his Policy Director, shortly after firing a non-partisan Senate Research Director.

The Democratic Caucus says Monsees is a Republican operative and Kinder is trying to make the Senate staff partisan.

Kinder says he hired Monsees from his own office budget to do a legitimate job.

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Contents: Kinder says he can defend the hiring because Monsees has been hired to oversee the work of interim committees.

Senator Ken Jacobs says Kinder should be replaced because he is turning the Senate staff into a political propaganda machine.

State Democrats are riled up in Jefferson City because Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder has hired a new office staff person. Sara Lane has more from the Capitol.

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Kinder hired Rob Monsees to coordinate the efforts of what Kinder calls an unprecedented number of interim committees.

But some Democratic senators say Monsees is part of Kinder's plan to make the Senate staff more partisan.

Senator Ken Jacob is so upset that he thinks Kinder should be replaced.

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Contents: Jacob says he has lost confidence in Kinder's ability to do the job.

Kinder says he can defend the hiring and Jacob's attacks are unwarranted.

In Jefferson City, I'm Sara Lane for KMOX-news.

One state Senator wants Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder replaced. Sara Lane has the story from Jefferson City.

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Democratic Senator Ken Jacob says Kinder is trying to turn the Senate staff into a partisan propaganda machine.

This comes after Kinder fired a non-partisan Senate staff member and hired another person as part of his office staff.

But Kinder says Jacob's claims are ridiculous.

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Contents: Kinder says the claims are unwarranted and will be seen as such.

Kinder's new staff person is Rob Monsees, in charge of overseeing the work of Senate interim committees.

In Jefferson City, I'm Sara Lane for KMOX-news.