On Tuesday morning, September 13th, St. Louis Mayor Slay testified in support of local control of the of the St. Louis Police department. I testified against local control on behalf of the St. Louis Tea Party. Senate Bill #1 turned over control to the City of St. Louis and was scheduled in front of Committee Chairman Senator Kevin Engler, (R-Farmington).
In the 15 years I have testified in front of various committees both for and against legislation, Senator Engler was the rudest Missouri legislator I have ever encountered. He interrupted me on 5 separate occasions and obviously did not support the Tea Party position. When I advised that the Tea Party objected to the fiscal responsibility aspect and cost involved in the special session that is when he advised that the cost of the hearing was ZERO dollars. He then castigated me regarding my lack of knowledge on the costs to taxpayers in regard to the special session.
At the hearing I wore my Tea Party Express tee shirt and I was advised by a Senator after the hearing that Senator Engler is a RINO and hates the Tea Party. Engler blames the Tea Party for not being President Pro-Tem of the Missouri Senate and credits Ron Hamby, Ron Calzone and the Missouri Leadership Project for the demise of his leadership position.
A google search gave me insights into Senator Engler’s distain for Tea Party beliefs. Senator Engler’s son Andrew Engler is a paid lobbyist for American Traffic Solutions, which is the firm behind the red light cameras throughout the St. Louis area. St. Louis City has over 25 locations implemented by ATS designed to generate revenue for Mayor Francis Slay and the City of St. Louis. It does not take a detective to connect the dots between ATS and Senator Engler’s relationship with Mayor Slay.
Also, on the Jefferson County Tea Party website there is an article exposing lobbyist Andrew Engler and his father Senator Engler outlining their support for red light cameras, which is opposite Tea Party view points. The article “Wolves in our Midst” explains why wearing a Tea Party logo shirt was like waiving a red flag in front of a bull.