“Highway 67 industrial bypass is targeted in a recent attack ad against Doug Libla by Terry Swinger. The federal project, requested by the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce (documentation attached) and supported by Jo Ann Emerson in Congress, has been a major basis for economic growth in Butler County.
“Jo Ann has been a tireless advocate for Southern Missouri, especially when it comes to investing in infrastructure. Terry Swinger has no place taking a swipe at a project that has created new jobs and valuable business opportunities. Terry Swinger should share that priority and vision for our communities rather than undermining economic development in Butler County. Doug Libla understands how important infrastructure projects — especially highways — are to job creation and long-term economic development, and it is clear he has the right priorities for the 25th District in the Missouri Senate,” said Josh Haynes, Senior Adviser to Team Emerson.”
Swinger’s campaign was reached for comment this afternoon and responded in a written statement:
“The point being made is not whether or not the bypass project has provided a safer roadway, or increased economic development since its construction, no complaints from the Swinger campaign in that regard. What is being made clear to area voters is that Doug Libla while advocating against government spending certainly has worked hard over the years to assure it benefits him.
The facts can’t be ignored; hundreds of thousands of dollars in no bid government contracts, millions in property tax abatements, and Doug Libla, who just recently sold his business, has admitted that his business benefited from the bypass project he worked hard to advance. So make no mistake, the point being made is that Doug Libla Makes Government Work for Him. Period.
The radio compliment ad also running points out that Terry Swinger is the endorsed candidate of Missouri Right to Life, the Missouri Farm Bureau and the NRA. “
Here is the ad that is in dispute:
Below is Libla’s ad attacking Swinger’s record as State Representative:
Here is a letter from former Wal-Mart manager and current Poplar Bluff Chamber employee Steve Halter supporting the project that was sent along with Emerson’s release: