ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Charlie Dooley’s challenger in the race for St. Louis County Executive is accusing him of a conflict of interest on the burning Bridgeton landfill.
Steve Stenger says it’s wrong for the nuclear dump site spokesman, Richard Callow, to also be playing a role in the Dooley re-election effort.
Callow is a political consultant who works in public relations for Republic Services, the company that owns the burning landfill and the nearby nuclear waste dump at West Lake.
“You can’t have a company that essentially owns what could be the worst health crisis that we’ve ever faced in St. Louis County, you can’t have that same company having a joint adviser,” Stenger says. “Richard Callow is basically telling Charlie Dooley what to do … in regards to inaction on the landfill.”
Stenger says Callow is “constantly making comments” that indicate that he has information about Dooley’s campaign, including speaking about future TV ads before they’ve run.
Callow tells KMOX that he is not getting paid, and is just a “friend” of the Dooley campaign. But what exactly his role is, he refused to elaborate.
Callow does insist he has never talked with Dooley about the landfill issue.
Dooley’s campaign manager Damion Trasada says Callow does call to give advice and they evaluate it, but he is not a paid consultant.
KMOX’s Allison Blood confronted the County Executive, asking him about his relationship to Callow.