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Kinder's chief of staff resigns amidst controversy

February 21, 2002
By: Johnathan Woodward
State Capital Bureau

The chief aide to the top Republican in Missouri's senate has resigned amidst allegations of conflict of interest.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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David Barklage was the chief of staff to Senator Peter Kinder.

But Barklage also owns a political consulting firm in Cape Girardeau. That firm got money from a Republican campaign fund largely controlled by Kinder.

Republican senator Bill Kenney says the controversy is simply a Democratic attack.

But Democratic Senator Ed Quick says that's not the case:

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Barklage says he resigned to avoid being a distraction to the Senate.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


Controversy over conflict of interest is causing the top staffer to the Republican leader of Missouri's senate to resign.

Johnathan Woodward has more from Jefferson City.

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David Barklage owns a political consulting firm in Cape Girardeau. That firm got money from a Republican campaign fund largely controlled by Senator Peter Kinder.

But Barklage was also Kinder's chief of staff--and some say that was a conflict of interest.

Republican senator Bill Kenney says the issue was an unfounded Democratic attack.

But Democratic senator Ed Quick thinks the resignaton is necessary:

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Barklage says he doesn't want to be a distraction to the Senate, and that's why he's giving up his job at the Capitol.

In Jefferson City, Johnathan Woodward.


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