Oops — Spence Leaves Voicemail for Sansone on Fitch’s Phone

Kevin Killeen
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Republican Dave Spence defends his nomination to St. Louis County Police Board.

Republican Dave Spence defends his nomination to St. Louis County Police Board.

CLAYTON, Mo (KMOX) — The nominee for St. Louis County Police Board Chairman gives a sympathetic call to the former chairman, predicting he will be cleared in an ongoing FBI investigation.

Dave Spence apparently thought he was leaving a voicemail message for Greg Sansone when he left it instead on the voice mail of Police Chief Tim Fitch who had called for the FBI investigation. Listen below:

KMOX heard rumors the tape existed and filed an open records request. During the brief phone message, Spence voiced his support for Sansone’s claims of innocence:

“Hey, Greg, Dave Spence. How you doing? I got your number from your brother Jim. Hey, I just wanted to let you know I’m honored to follow your footsteps, and I’m real excited about it. I think it’s an interesting challenge. And I know that the investigations will prove out what you’ve said all along.”

Sansone was named in a federal subpoena after a company he co-owns received a $3.7 million subcontract to do work on the new county crime lab.

Spence still faces a confirmation vote before the St. Louis County Council. No vote has been scheduled. Last week the Greater St. Louis Labor Council AFL-CIO expressed its opposition to the Spence nomination.

Council President Bob Soutier told KMOX that Spence’s support for Right to Work legislation while he ran for governor makes him “anti-union.” Soutier said Spence’s nomination to the board by County Executive Charlie Dooley puts in question whether the labor council will endorse Dooley for re-election.

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