ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens continues to sidestep the media, taking no questions after a photo-op in St. Louis.
The governor appeared to be taking his time with business people, shaking hands and chatting, but when reporters from KMOX and St. Louis Public Radio approached, his handler stepped in to usher the governor away, claiming they had to hurry to a meeting.
Reporters wanted to ask the governor about state budget cuts and whether they could mean higher college tuition in Missouri.
Other local media, including the Associated Press, are complaining that Greitens always scurries away from reporters as he walked away after his photo-op.
KMOX Statehouse Correspondent Phill Brooks writes in his recent Capitol Perspectives column that, “The actions surrounding the inauguration of Missouri’s new governor suggested to me a level of governmental transformation I cannot recall since Kit Bond’s first gubernatorial term in 1973.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently published an article titled “Greitens complains of lack of coverage, but won’t talk with reporters.”
“When it comes to interacting with the press, the political newcomer has been a disciplined operator, carefully picking his targets and keeping his distance from unanticipated questions that may impede his objective,” the article reads.
In his defense, Greitens did host a news conference last week in Jefferson City, where he answered questions from reporters with the Missouri Press Club.