Former Tourism Chair Calls Foul

1 decade 2 years 3 days ago Thursday, September 14 2006 Sep 14, 2006 Thursday, September 14, 2006 7:43:58 PM CDT September 14, 2006 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - The former chairwoman of the state Tourism Commission says she was replaced by Governor Blunt because she disagreed with his desire for a new director. Raeanne Presley of Branson says the governor reneged on a pledge to reappoint her to the commission. Yesterday, Blunt instead named Monett businesswoman Sharon Garrett to the panel. Presley says Blunt has pressured the commission to chose former lawmaker Blaine Luetkemeyer as its next director. But she says the commission wants to appoint a different candidate who has 25 years of experience in the tourism industry. Presley claims the disagreement led to her removal. Blunt spokeswoman Spence Jackson says Presley's term expired in January and her replacement had nothing to do with a potential tourism director.

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