Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor

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When people asked me to get behind Rick Stream, I first wanted to make sure that was the right thing. I remembered that I have a friend who helped Rick a while ago. So I asked her.

Rick Stream is “a quiet leader.”

“I didn’t see him as a politician,” she told me. We were talking about Rick Stream, the candidate for St. Louis County Executive.

Representative Rick Stream (R-Kirkwood) chairs the House Appropriations Committee. (photo courtesy; Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications) . Clipped from http://www.missourinet.com/

The woman was a transition career counselor a decade ago. She was helping people transition from a Department of Defense organization to the civilian world when their operation shut down.

“I worked with Rick for a month, I think. He was sort of a quiet leader. Some of the guys were a lot more vocal and hard-headed, but even the loud ones would respond to Rick. They all looked up to him.”

I asked her what kind of County Executive Rick might be.

“Rick’s boss told me, ‘If Rick said he’d do it, it got done.’ So did the other people who worked with him. He is quiet with a dry sense of humor. Very detail oriented.”

Why did you not see him as a politician?

“Oh, it’s not that he wouldn’t be a great leader. He was definitely very senior with the government, and everybody looked up to him and followed his lead. But he was quiet and thoughtful. He wasn’t one to just jump up and give a speech like most politicians. And he is such a good man. He wanted to help people. I mean, really wanted to help, not just talk about it.”

Why a good man entered the nasty field of politics.

When the career counselor asked Rick Stream what he’d like to do, he told her “well, I’ve always been a history fan. I think I’d like to go into politics.”

“Why don’t you do that, then?” she asked.

So he did. He became a Representative in the Missouri House. He served as chairman of the House appropriations committee. Then he decided to run for St. Louis County Executive against my friend, Tony Pousosa. You probably know that I endorsed Tony.

It’s not easy to support a guy who beat your friend in a primary. So why am I doing this?

My conversation with someone from Rick Stream’s past mattered to me.

It’s one thing to hear political people talk about a candidate. It’s another to hear a report from a woman who knew the man 10 years ago, before he first ran for office. At the time my friend worked with Rick Stream, Rick was in no position to do anything for her.

Now, I know whatever I do to help elect Rick Stream, I’ll be helping a good man who wants to help people, who is a highly competent manager, detail oriented, and respected by everyone who works with him.

St. Louis County, after a decade of Charlie Dooley, is in danger. St. Louis County is in decline. Wages in St. Louis region are flat. Job growth lags most similar size cities across the country. Municipal courts and small town police departments have intimidated, impoverished, and alienated residents through obnoxious and corrupt courts. Ferguson has become a symbol of government failure. And many county school districts are failing.

Rick Stream may not be a flashy, glib politician like Charlie Dooley and Steve Stenger. Thank God. St. Louis County doesn’t need another corrupt narcissist who uses the power of government to transfer tax dollars to friends.

St. Louis County needs:

  • thriving new businesses,
  • more jobs with climbing wages,
  • more quality school choices for parents,
  • more trust in government, and
  • an end to rampant corruption.

In November, we will choose between  Dooley Light and a respected leader.

This right-leaning libertarian is voting for the respected leader, Rick Stream.

I hope you will, too.

Tony Pousosa for County Executive

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Don’t you just love brash upstarts? People with verve and moxie?

I do. I like pesky guys full of gumption, like Vladimir Sobotka. I like energetic young political activists like Kenny Newhouse. And I like bold conservative organizers like Eileen Tyrrell. In fact, nothing pleases me more than seeing young, libertarian-ish Republicans making the establishment squirm.

Sometimes the squirming establishment is as small as a GOP township or a school district. Other times, the whole culture squirms.

Ken Newhouse is the young Wildhorse Township committeeman who upset the sleepy GOP establishment with an “underhanded” campaign that involved . . . wait for it . . . KNOCKING ON DOORS!

Eileen Tyrrell is the Eureka mother who organized a citizens group to expose the corruption and shenanigans within Rockwood School Board.

Tony Pousosa fits my definition of “gumption.” Another word that comes to mind is “moxie.”

And that’s why I love Kenny Newhouse’s endorsement of Mr. Pousosa for St. Louis County Executive:

It’s time for the Residents of St. Louis County to get the fiscally responsible County Executive they deserve. Not only is Mr. Pousosa fiscally responsible, he is also opposed to the City/County Merger. Tony is the right candidate for the job and I hope you support him come the Primary Election in August

Tony Pousosa stepped up to run for St. Louis County Executive when no one else would.  He didn’t wait for the filing deadline. And he didn’t wait until his Ellisville land-grap collapsed. I agree with Kenny Newhouse’s assessment of the County Executive race after the last of the filings:

Establishment Republicans have been clamoring for someone with ‘name recognition’ to jump into the race. I for one am sticking by Mr. Pousosa because he most closely resembles my beliefs and principals.

Yeah. The establishment appointed Bill Corrigan to challenge Charlie Dooley in 2010–the year the Tea Party led the GOP to 800+ legislative seat gain. But Corrigan failed to topple the troubled, scandal-plagued Dooley in a GOP wave election. Plus, the establishment that year chose to ignore South County, depressing votes for other Republicans in the area.

The establishment’s fund-raising skills don’t translate to critical elections. (Ask Mitt Romney.)

Tony Pousosa for County Executive

I met Tony Pousosa in September 2012. He was one of the first people to walk into our St. Louis Tea Party Election HQ in South County. He came in to welcome us to his neighborhood and offer his help, even though Mr. Pousosa, a Green Park, MO, councilman, was in a tough race for the Missouri House at the time.

Mr. Pousosa is right on every issue that matters in St. Louis County:

Tony on Issues

accept  YES Standing Up for Business and Residential Rights

accept  YES Making sure your Tax Dollars are Not Wasted

accept  YES Building Strong Families and Communities

delete  NO Eminent Domain Abuse

delete  NO City/County Merger

delete  NO Corruption

Mr. Pousosa’s energy, drive, and enthusiasm embarrass me. I haven’t accomplished in my life what Tony does in an afternoon. And St. Louis County needs every ounce of energy, verve, and moxie it can get its hands on.

Charlie Dooley and his band of crooks has bled the county dry. Not only is Dooley a Corruptocrat of the highest order, he’s incompetent, even at corruption. Dooley’s administration reminds me of the movie Gremlins. Don’t feed them after dark. And don’t vote for them EVER.

By contrast, Mr. Pousosa works for people, community, and country. As County Executive, Tony Pousosa will refocus on County government an improved business environment for all–not just for donors and cronies. He’ll focus on making St. Louis County a desirable home for people and families–not an escape route from the city to St. Charles, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties.  Mr. Pousosa might even reverse St. Louis County’s decade of lost salaries, lost residents, and lost jobs.

Tony Pousosa will fight against Mayor Slay’s land-grab of St. Louis County. 

I support, endorse, and ask you to vote for Tony Pousosa for St. Louis County Executive in August. And I ask you to help Tony financially in his battle for the nomination.