ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A last-day attack between the two Democrats vying for St. Louis County Executive is generating strong Twitter reaction.
The tweet, sent twice Sunday from Charlie Dooley’s official campaign account, calls one of Steve Stenger’s campaign strategists a “trick.” One of many dictionary definitions of “trick” is “to engage in sexual acts for hire.”
The tweet reads:
“Stenger uses tricks to mislead STL County. One of his tricks includes @JaneDueker, a Doe Run lobbyist who is trouble!”
“It’s just… it’s gross,” Dueker reacted on Monday morning. “It’s the lowest of the low.”
Dueker says she takes the tweet’s language as an attempt to imply that she’s a prostitute.
“I don’t feel like a victim,” she says. “I really don’t. But, that’s the intent of it, and that’s what they tried to make me feel. It’s inappropriate.”
The image attached to the tweet appears to have been put together by the group Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment and lists some clients of Dueker, who is an attorney. It says although she “claims to be a Democrat,” she is “a notorious friend of elite interests, often working against progressive policies to protect her corporate clients.”
For weeks, the Dooley campaign has been running ads attacking Stenger for defending a prostitution king-pin in court, and dubbing him ‘anti-woman.’
UPDATE: 9:37 a.m.
Linda Goldstein, Director of Communications for the Dooley campaign, called Dueker’s reaction “disingenuous.”
“She’s trying to make herself a victim,” Goldstein says. “It simply calls more attention to her boss’s outrageous comments about victims of sex trafficking.”
Was the tweet a mistake?
“I don’t have an explanation for the person who tweeted that,” she says.
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