Lewis Reed is the President of the St Louis Board of Alderman.
He's also Best Friends Forever with Russ Carnahan, so it's natural that he not like what the Tea Party stands for. But at the Martin Luther King, Jr, Human Rights Award Banquet , he decided to lash out at the Tea Party, claiming it was driven by hate.
St. Louis board of aldermen president Lewis Reed summed up the event when he said "the growth of the tea party is driven by hate. They are trying to turn our country around. However, we won't go back. We have to get out every day and fight."
Actually, Mr. Reed, we're driven by curiousity, which explains why we dug into your background with Russ Carnahan to expose your dirty dealings.
Along with Representative (just barely) Carnahan, you purchased a yacht and parked it in Alton to avoid paying Missouri personal property tax.
Along with Representative Carnahan, you purchased a dilapidated property on Olive with a no-money down commercial loan from a Carnahan donor, and then paid the note with campaign accounts, claiming it was "rent." You then sold that property for a cool $150,000 profit, claiming you "got lucky."
"Got lucky" is political code for "go away and stop digging." What hasn't been explained is why you paid rent only two months in a year to the Castle Ballroom LLC, and those months were September and May. Can you really pay rent to yourself for a building you aren't using as a campaign headquarters? Seems like a convenient way to launder money. $1600 from your donors to your joint LLC, which yielded $150,000? Hillary Clinton can do that in cattle futures, but St Louis Real Estate? You should get an award.
Editor's note. This blogpost has been changed. In doing a Google Search on Lewis Reed, I mistakenly linked to a blog with Countenance in the title. As it was talking about South City politics, I mistook it for Confluence City, a progressive St Louis blog I've linked to in the past.
We don't believe you really think we're driven by hate, Mr. Reed. You're just trying to use us for your political advantage. What we want is for politicians that enrich themselves and pretend its for our own good to be kicked out of public office and forced to work in the neighborhoods they were supposed to protect. Now that's social justice we can all get behind.