For the Governor
Bobak was influential in helping to establish The Mission Continues, and the man perhaps with the best Rolodex in St. Louis, Bobak connected Greitens to several donors who spurred on his gubernatorial bid. He is said to have always been uneasy with the aggressive use of dark money, but there is no one that has ever alleged any wrongdoing or his knowledge of any throughout the mounting scandals.
Some have previously referenced that there is a direct tie between Bennett and Greitens outside of Bobak and that is California billionaire Michael Goguen. After Goguen donated a million dollars to the Greitens campaign, his opponent John Brunner referenced a Bloomberg report that said Amber Baptiste accused Goguen of sexual misconduct: “She also alleges that over the past 13 years, he sexually abused her and made her his sex slave after promising to rescue her from the human traffickers that brought her to the U.S.” Goguen then sued Brunner. The attorney that the Greitens mega-donor hired to sue Brunner, Jim Bennett.
Ed Dowd – Dowd is a legend in the Missouri legal community, he was the federal prosecutor in the eastern district in Missouri for most of the 1990s. He is the leading named partner of the firm and comes from a long line of prominent attorneys in the Dowd family in St. Louis. While he has seen some question why someone with such a noted and distinguished record of standing up for women and the disenfranchised would be offering pro bono work to assist a Republican politician being investigated in a sex crime case and working to facilitate the administration destroying government records – their defense is everyone deserves a defense.
John Danforth – Everyone has been waiting for the former U.S. Senator and ambassador to speak out on the latest scandal involving a Republican politician, as he has most all of the others. Well, thus far the crickets you’re hearing may have to do with the latest Republican mired in the scandal being a client of his law firm. It must be awkward on the Team Greitens conference calls discussing the details of what bondage sex acts are legal and which ones are illegal with an ordained Episcopalian minister on the line. Then combine with that with the public relations professionals working for the Governor who are the same people Mr. Danforth has called bullies, accused of saying words that were beyond what the think skull rule could excuse, and even inferring that the words they used killed. What interesting calls indeed.
For the People
Gardner is already coming under fierce attack from the Governor’s few loyal surrogates left, who are calling her incompetent and accusing her of leading a partisan investigation. One of the Governor’s most loyal allies even wrote that she should be investigated for the way she has conducted the inquiry.
Representative Jay Barnes – The man who is most likely to lead that investigation is Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City. He is an accomplished attorney, and one of – if not the best – legal minds in the legislature. He was one of Greitens’ earliest supporters and has the respect of the entire body of the House, and the Senate. If the state decides it should know what happened for itself, Rep. Barnes is the most capable mind of fairly and forcefully finding the truth.
Jeff Jensen – He is new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. He comes from the Hanaway group of Missouri politics and left Husch Blackwell to take a new position. Hanaway was the ceremonial chair of the Governor’s transition but there is not one person who knows Catherine Hanaway who believes for a second that she likes or respects Greitens. Jensen was with Husch when they defended John Brunner in the lawsuit brought by Goguen lawsuit, who Dowd Bennett was defending.
He is known by reputation as the most straight of straight arrows, and will likely treat any investigation down the middle, meaning that there will also most assuredly be no leaks.
Al Watkins – He is the eccentric attorney who represented the man who released the audio tapes. He has agreed not to discuss the case going forward, which is a shame because he is eminently quotable.
Well, thus far, in a far, far more egregious situation, he has been silent while those who claim to represent him forcefully demand other Republicans dutifully support the Governor. Mr. Humphreys is one who might just decide the state has had enough embarrassment, and whose opinion would carry enough weight to force other frightened legislators to act.
Scott Faughn is the publisher of The Missouri Times, owner of the Clayton Times in Clayton, Mo; SEMO Times in Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and host of the only statewide political television show, This Week in Missouri Politics.