In the Age of Obama we’re getting used to this.
A St. Louis democrat finally paid her taxes so that she could fill an open slot in the Missouri House of Representatives.
A day before she clinched the nomination to fill a vacancy in the Missouri House of Representatives on Saturday, St. Louis Democrat Hope Whitehead paid a visit to City Hall.
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Not to mobilize supporters, but to pay hundreds of dollars in outstanding taxes.
Her trip downtown was more than just civic duty. Under state law, candidates with overdue tax bills are ineligible for the ballot.
When her obligations were met, a panel of city Democratic leaders gathered Saturday to nominate Whitehead, 50, to fill the vacancy created by former state Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, who submitted his resignation in September after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges.
El-Amin is the third local Democratic lawmaker to leave office this year after getting caught in an FBI crackdown on corruption.