Nixon Defends MOHELA Suit, Republicans Will Fight It

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Thursday, February 16 2006 Feb 16, 2006 Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:13:18 PM CST February 16, 2006 in News

Nixon said MOHELA directors violated Missouri's open meetings law when they decided in a series of telephone calls to sell part of the student loan agency's assets.

But Republicans call Nixon's lawsuit "frivolous." They say it's about politics, not open government.

"We think Jay Nixon's shooting blanks on this particular issue," said Paul Sloca, of the GOP State Committee. "He wants to go after the governor and his wonderful plan for education, so he's using his authority improperly."

Nixon responded, "My actions are against MOHELA, not against Matt Blunt. MOHELA needed to have some process there. They violated the Sunshine Law."

But, Sloca said selling the program is a good decision.

"There's only one reason why someone would want to step in the middle of that," he said. "And that's to raise doubts that aren't there."

Nixon's lawsuit is not against MOHELA selling part of its loan portfolio. He said the directors needed to discuss the public's business in public.

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