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EXCLUSIVE – The Democratic primary challenger to far-left “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., is calling her out for her lack of money in the police force, as well as the massive amount of money she spent on private security despite those calls, ahead of Tuesday’s election.
In an exclusive interview with TBEN News Digital, Missouri Democratic Senator Steve Roberts argued that voters in the state’s 1st congressional district felt “buyer’s remorse” for Bush’s election and swore across the aisle. to work to support the policies that the citizens of the district actually were. concerned about, including crime.
“[Bush] keeps saying we should pay for the police. I’ll tell you that at every community meeting, town hall meeting, meetings with our business leaders, they say that crime is the number one problem facing Saint Louis City and County. And nobody believes that the police are the right solution to that problem,” Roberts said.
“If anything, we need better police accountability, but more money for better training. I mean, we have over 100 officers that we need in the Saint Louis city department alone. There’s a lot of divisiveness without any real solution.” for our crime issues in this region,” he added.
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Roberts then criticized the “hypocrisy” of Bush who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on her own private security, while still calling for police punishment, and voting against measures that would protect the Supreme Court and their families.
“You have Congressman Bush who spent nearly half a million dollars on her own personal security, while calling to relieve the police, voting against pay increases for the Capitol police officers who helped save her life, and the other members of Congress. , and then voted against security for our first black female Supreme Court justice,” he said, referring to recently sworn in Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
“I don’t understand how anyone can say it’s their justification to spend so much money on their own personal safety, but then not say safety for someone else,” he added. “I believe the annual salary for a Secret Service agent is about $150,000, and she spent more than three times as much on her details while trying to get it back for someone else.”
When asked about the likelihood of Republicans gaining control of the House of Representatives in November, Roberts said he would work with both sides of the aisle to pass legislation, and that his service in Congress isn’t just about him, something he alluded to was. not the case when it came to Bush.
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He also touted his time as a Democrat in the Republican-controlled Missouri state legislature as proof of his ability to work down the aisle.
“I know what it’s like to operate when the opposing team is greatly outnumbered,” he said. “I believe that at the federal level, the numbers will be closer. But it has more than prepared me in my last six years in the state legislature, and I’ve passed some of my best legislation by working with people from across the aisle. , finding a compromise.”
He then criticized Bush’s approach to public service, accusing her of harming residents by not collaborating with others if she doesn’t get everything she wants.
“When people voted for Congressman Bush two years ago, they didn’t know what they were getting. And what we’re seeing in the field, hearing on the phones, people are very sorry about the buyer,” he said. “You have someone who is not only indifferent to the region, but who is really doing damage to the growth and development of Saint Louis City and Saint Louis County.”
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“If I get up every day, my focus won’t be on my Twitter, my social media account. My focus will be on the Capitol, getting the job done the way I’ve done in the six years I’ve been in the state legislature he added later.
“We need to come together, and now have an elected official who is in the position of if I don’t get everything I want then I don’t want anything to happen at all, it’s just bad for our democracy and not solving anything,” he said.
Roberts has been criticized for sexual assault allegations against two women dating back to 2015. He reached settlements with both women, but insists he committed no wrongdoing.
Voters head to the polls on August 2 to vote in the Missouri primary.