Blunt's New Chief of Staff Takes Over
Martin has held several powerful positions. In the late 1990s, he was a consultant to Pope John Paul II. Until recently, he was chairman of the St. Louis Election Board. But, it's his position as attorney for Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group, that worries Democratic leaders.
"The governor's brought Ed Martin in to be a political bulldog," said Jack Cardetti of the Missouri Democratic Party. "He's having trouble with people in his own party, so he's brought someone in who has rock-solid, conservative credentials."
Cardetti also said Martin will be a stand-in governor when Blunt is away from the Capitol, which, Democrats said, happens far too often.
Blunt's approval rating has dropped to 40%, so Democrats said his new appointment is designed to enhance the governor's image.
"It's not that we don't care what the public thinks in terms of approval ratings, but I don't think we can let that dictate what we do," said Martin, who added that he will serve the governor, not guide him.