Justin Wingerter

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In an email to constituents Friday, a Missouri state lawmaker compared Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent campaigning to Nazi propaganda.

“My degree is in Public Relations and one point that was hammered home throughout my study is that ‘Perception Is Everything,'” wrote Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Scott City, in her weekly “Capitol Report” email. “This tidbit has been proven for years, if you will remember propaganda served as an important tool to win over the majority of the German public during Adolf Hitler’s rule.”

HB 253, a tax cut bill, was passed by the Republican-led Missouri Legislature earlier this year but vetoed by Gov. Nixon, a Democrat. The governor has spent considerable time touring the state to defend his opposition to the bill.

A veto session of the legislature was expected to vote on an override of Nixon’s veto next week but House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, recently said he doesn’t believe Republicans have enough votes to override the veto.

In the email sent Friday, Rehder said she will vote in favor of the override and accuses Nixon’s administration of using “propaganda and fear” along with “scare tactics” to change public perception of the hotly-debated legislation.

“Other states have proven that a reduced tax burden is the key to a vibrant economy and in making the state a place where businesses want to start and/or move,” Rehder wrote. “I urge you to not be someone who simply regurgitates fear mongering – do your homework.”


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