Allison Blood

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The national debate over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby and employer-provided birth control has made its way to the St. Louis County Executive’s race.

County Executive Charlie Dooley’s campaign on Tuesday tweeted several attacks at opponent Steve Stenger, calling him anti-woman for introducing a zoning change that would allow for fewer parking spots at a new Hobby Lobby location.

A tweet from Dooley’s campaign said: “Steve Stenger pushing parking reduction to save Hobby Lobby money. Why should women trust him?”

“The Dooley campaign must’ve seen Hobby Lobby and thought, ‘Oh, what a great buzzword to try to show and try to demonstrate, in some way, that Steve Stenger is now anti-woman,'” Stenger said.

Stenger called the attacks “an act of desperation” because the deal the tweets referred to actually was a zoning request for a construction company building the new Hobby Lobby site, which is in his district.

“And now, something to note, is that this is not even something for Hobby Lobby,” he said. “Hobby Lobby just happens to be the tenant of Lormill LLC.”

When asked to explain the attacks, Dooley deflected.

“I think you need to talk to the campaign about that,” Dooley said. “This is, I’m not dealing about a campaign issue here.”

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