, daughter of the late Governor Mel Carnahan - and it looks like her candidacy may have a hint of scandal to it.
My sources on the ground are expressing concerns about Ms. Carnahan's Communications Director, Laura Egerdal
. Apparently, Ms. Egerdal was employed by the activist group America Coming Together
during the 2004 election cycle, and was involved in hiring
new employees (she is listed as a contact in an online classified ad
). This presents a problem, as ACT got in some hot water that year for hiring convicted felons to do door-to-door canvassing
in numerous states including - you guessed it - Missouri.
And these weren't just your run-of-the-mill shoplifters, either. Some of them had done time for sex offenses, assault, and burglary - and at least four of them had already landed back in the slammer by the time the Associated Press found out in June 2004. ACT said that these people deserved a second chance, which might be true, but using recently released criminals (some still in halfway houses) for door-to-door work strikes me as a bit of a stretch.
So, I guess the question is why Robin Carnahan would hire someone who was so close to the roots of a major scandal to run her communications operation.
In Missouri's 2010 US Senate race, the Democrats are putting forward Secretary of State