ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Critics say a leading – and controversial - candidate for St. Louis County Executive has been strategically silent. But Steve Stenger says he is addressing the public head on.
In a brand new political ad, Stenger addresses the recent events in Ferguson, extending his condolences to the family of Michael Brown.
“We cannot let our community remain divided,” Stenger says in the ad.
Stenger said he has made several trips to Ferguson to meet with various religious, civic, and political groups. But the Democrat has come under fire for his ties to the man in charge of the grand jury investigation into Michael Brown’s shooting death.
“I’ve been asked to denounce Bob McCulloch,” Stenger said. “That is something I am not going to do. I don’t think there’s a need for that.”
While Stenger has made a point to remain under the radar, his connection to St. Louis County Prosecutor have put him front and center.
During a county council meeting, Stenger was barely able to speak as many of the citizens in the crowd repeatedly yelled, “Arrest Darren Wilson!”
Stenger said he didn’t feel like he was in any physical danger during the meeting and says he realizes those speaking were “expressing themselves and their constitutional rights.” He also said he stands by his decision to wait a few weeks before coming out publicly.
“There was a period where there was a lot of grandstanding by a lot of elected officials,” said Stenger. “I don’t think that was the appropriate time to come out.”?