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Blunt’s Son Sees No Conflict of Interest Between Lobbying and Running Father’s Campaign

Andy Blunt says his father’s potential 2016 opponent has his own conflicts of interest.

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Zach Montellaro
Dec. 16, 2015, 9:33 a.m.

Andy Blunt, the son and cam­paign man­ager of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said “he sees no con­flict of in­terest between his lob­by­ing in Jef­fer­son City and man­aging his fath­er’s Sen­ate cam­paign.”

Andy Blunt: “I am a son who loves my fath­er and helps his polit­ic­al cam­paign. … I lobby in the state of Mis­souri, not the United States Con­gress, and there is a clear dis­tinc­tion. … Roy Blunt isn’t a state law­maker and doesn’t weigh in on state is­sues.”

Demo­crats in the state have been cri­ti­ciz­ing Andy Blunt for the po­ten­tial con­flicts, but he also said that his fath­er’s likely 2016 op­pon­ent, state Sec­ret­ary of State Jason Kander (D), has his own con­flicts.

Andy Blunt: “When Jason Kander was in the le­gis­lature and was a mem­ber — a dues-pay­ing mem­ber — in the Mis­souri Tri­al At­tor­ney As­so­ci­ation, he voted on every tort re­form piece of le­gis­la­tion that was brought be­fore the body. I mean you don’t see us out there [cri­ti­ciz­ing Kander on that point]. He is go­ing to have to de­cide what is a con­flict here, and what is not.” (St. Louis Post-Dis­patch)

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