Republican candidate Dave Spence suing Governor Jay Nixon for defamation

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by Craig Cheatham / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 12:02 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is suing Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. The defamation lawsuit is based on statements the Nixon campaign made about Spence in a recent ad.

In a response, Oren Shur, Campaign Manager for Jay Nixon, responded with this statement:

“The stress of the campaign is clearly taking a toll on Dave Spence, but he should take a deep breath, and consider honestly defending his record at the bank instead of having his campaign manager file a frivolous lawsuit.  This week, TV stations across Missouri rejected Dave Spence’s attempts to bully them into removing ads, because the facts are clear: While serving as a director of a bank that took a $40 million bailout from Washington, Mr. Spence bought 500,000 shares of stock in the bank and took a million-dollar insider loan for himself, but then voted on February 11, 2011, against repaying the bailout money to the taxpayers.  You see a lot of crazy stunts during the course of a campaign, but this frivolous lawsuit is particularly misguided and desperate.”

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