ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After originally writing them off as “nonsense,” Mayor Slay is saying more about allegations that he has been holding “campaign style” meetings with city workers while they are on the clock for taxpayers.
Slay said his challenger, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, is misrepresenting these talks as “political.”
“Absolutely not. Again, he’s not there, he is misinformed,” Slay said. “If anybody brings up anything, and it’s happened a couple times, about the campaign, I say ‘this is not a campaign stop.'”
“I don’t condone my tax dollars being used in that way,” Reed told KMOX’s Kevin Killeen earlier this week. “I think he should take his argument to the people on the same footing that everyone else has to take them to the people.”
Earlier this week, Reed sent a statement to KMOX. In the statement, Reed says, “these tactics are yet another example of the Slay administration’s disregard for the law, these employees’ right to employment without political coercion, and the taxpayers of this city.”
“To be clear: city employees were called away from their duties to attend captive audience meetings where the Mayor promised them raises, bought them pizza, and campaigned at the taxpayers’ expense. While the Mayor was speaking, trash wasn’t getting collected and we, the taxpayers, were still paying for their salaries, as he held them in these meetings.”
Slay said these meetings with city workers are “routine” and “non-political” but Reed claims talks with city employees while they are at work have the air of a campaign pitch, with Slay allegedly outlining what he plans to do in the future.
“It’s unfortunate that he wants to try to play politics while I’m trying to be the mayor,” Slay said, adding that he has not heard of any employees complaining about the talks.