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Ethics Commission: 'We Look At Evidence Very Carefully'

One case tied to the Creve Coeur Mayoral election is over, while another waits.

In her first interview with Patch since the Missouri Ethics Commission issued a , the agency's Executive Director said complaints are taken "very seriously," and that evidence is looked at "very thoroughly" and "very carefully".

Julie Allen was unable to speak about specifics in the case due to state law, instead directing people with questions about the verdict to copies of letters available on the agency's website.

In reacting to the dismissal, Rhoades said Friday the ruling serves to "raise more questions than they answer..."

Allen, again while not addressing a specific element of the case said the agency is bound by specific areas of the law which dictate its authority.

The matter did come up at Monday's City Council meeting briefly. Councilwoman Rhoades entered her correspondence with the Ethics Commission into the record.

Mayor Glantz read a portion of the letter he received from the MEC informing him that its investigation found that the allegations were unsubstantiated. The Mayor said that, as requested by the MEC, he did file amended reports Monday with local elections authorities to reflect in-kind donations to the campaign to cover expenses for endorsement letters.

While Mayor Glantz repeated his hope to put the campaign behind the city, still unresolved is the MEC's decision on the ethics complaint Glantz filed against his opponent, Laura Bryant, over a missed deadline in filing a campaign finance report in February.

Bryant later submitted the report, with her campaign calling it an honest mistake.

Dave Orness July 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
First of all, when reading anything that Ms. Rhoades writes you need to picture her sitting on Ms. Bryant’s lap, like a little puppet (and on top of Rhoades’s sits the Creve Coeur Patch who seems to be the mouth piece for the twosome. Seriously, Patch. Do they have pictures of you and Caldwell in the act?). I can assure you that most of what Ms. Rhoades writes is approved by or actually written by Bryant. Just like the 20 page (or whatever the number actually was – because I’m sure Bryant or Rhoades will sue me in Federal Court for not getting the number correct) diatribe Rhoades “wrote” to many residents before the election criticizing Mayor Glantz. The Mayor should file an ethics complaint against Bryant because this letter should have included a “Paid for by Bryant for Mayor” because I am sure that Bryant had a major role in that piece of propaganda. Any bets? I’ll put up $10,000 vs. your buck.Isn’t it interesting and ironic that all ethics complaints levied at Mr. Glantz have been dismissed and all of the ethics complaints filed against Ms. Bryant are still active. For someone who throws as many ethics stones as Bryant you would think she would be beyond reproach.
Dave Orness July 25, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Ms. Rhoades keeps harping about the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing mailing that was sent out by Donna Dill. She claims: 1) that Ms. Dill is not a Creve Coeur resident. Really? I know where she lives and Rhoades could too if she looked. And, 2) the piece is misleading. Again, Really? Anyone that has worked with Bryant and Rhoades can attest that NOTHING in the piece was “misleading” and that the visual and theme of the piece aptly captures the essence of these two malcontents. CC Patch, why don’t you practice your trade and actually interview and find out whether these facts are true or fiction (instead of getting all of your articles and information handed to you). Start by interviewing any current or past city council member who has worked with either of them. . If Laura Bryant and Jeanne Rhoades spent as much time working with the mayor and other city council members to improve our city versus attacking whomever doesn’t agree with them, our city would be an even better community. They are fringe players who thrive on creating controversy and are quite simply political bullies. Our residents are sick and tired of this style of politics; I would have thought that they would have gotten this message after the April election. Thankfully, despite all of their negativity our city has and will continue to flourish.
Gregg Palermo July 25, 2012 at 07:36 PM
We appreciate everyone's ability to share their views but please refrain from personal attacks. Patch editors, including me, work very hard to independently cover our communities along with providing a forum for community discussion.
Scott Simon July 25, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Well Dave Orness, please tell us where Donna Dill lives. You can use the journalism standard of street and block (example, 1100 block of Oak St.) instead of an outright exact address. Curious minds would like to know. After all, don't you believe in transparency?

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