Trash Talk, F-Bombs Get St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in Trouble Again

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County Executive Charlie Dooley: Alienating supporters one f-bomb at a time.
County Executive Charlie Dooley's political appointees anonymously accused him of dropping some serious f-bombs and trashing opponents before asking for money at a closed-door campaign event last week.

Unnamed sources who attended the private meeting told KMOX that Dooley's rallying speech was "surreal, shocking and unhinged," adding that he said outgoing police chief Tim Fitch "can go to hell."

"Sources described the effect of the speech as 'intimidating' with the audience caught in moments of awkward silence looking at their hands in their laps," says the CBS affiliate.

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Unless a "47 percent"-type tape emerges from the meeting, there's no way to verify what Dooley did or didn't say. (We're as disappointed as you are.)

Did Dooley really say Police Chief Tim Fitch can go to hell?
But the accusations seem odd since Dooley is infamous in political circles for speaking extremely candidly, including unleashing expletives or telling off a political rival. Just last month, he erupted at a meeting and accused a councilman of purposefully insulting him by rejecting his choice for a scandal-plagued public commission.

"Anybody who knows Charlie Dooley already knows how animated he is," says Pat Washington, Dooley's spokeswoman. Washington attended last week's meeting, comparing it to a pep rally or a pre-game locker room speech intended to pump up the team before the August primary.

"I don't know what agenda or imagination those [KMOX] sources were using," Washington tells Daily RFT. "Charlie Dooley was not the only one who hurled a few expletives. There were quite a few folks who were very, very animated and colorful."

See also: Charlie Dooley Busted Giving $70,000 Patronage Job to Political Scion

The potential problem behind Dooley's comments comes down to the "lug," St. Louis' term for the good ol' boy bribe that political appointees donated to keep their politician-bosses happy.

During his speech, Dooley asked the crowd to donate one percent of their salaries to his reelection campaign. Requiring a donation in exchange for keeping a political job is illegal, but Washington says that's not even close to what was going on.

County Executive Charlie Dooley.
"There are people there who were ready to make their contribution," Washington says. "I had my check."

An audience member asked how much they should donate to Dooley's campaign since the first quarter ends next month, Washington says. Dooley's campaign manager responded that one percent was traditional, and Gary Earls, Dooley's chief operating officer, added attendees could round that number up or down.

"Someone said, 'Round it up!'" Washington remembers. "It was really kind of a funny moment."

Not everyone found it hilarious. KMOX's unnamed sources said they felt intimidated.
"[KMOX] made it sound like people were being led into this dungeon and tied to the wall and flogged until they gave up company secrets and their wallet," Washington says.

The Missouri Ethics Commission probably won't investigate Dooley for demanding the lug from his supporters unless someone files a complaint, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As long as Dooley's fundraising speech was a request -- not a requirement -- it's legal.

If anything, this story promises an exciting and drama-filled election season ahead.

"People really need to know the facts," Washington says. "You have one faction or another knowing that they can capitalize on fear and frustration with a bunch of hyperbole, and the media will aid in that."

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Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Has the Reverend done Lost His Mind ?????????????? Go sit down some where Charlie, you Racist Pig. Oh and Keep your Mouth shut........

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

You know what else has him in trouble, allowing no-bid contracts for construction work for his appointee's companies

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Now, Let me tell ya' What I Really Think...............

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

What a Sole Propriety IDIOT............It really takes Talent to be that Out of Step. Go sit down some where else, rev.......

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

To a Genuine TOTAL FAKE & RACIST BIGOT. May you Never hold Public Office Again................

egolterman topcommenter

Rupert-you are 'ballooning' my comment into the land of Oz. One-the Zoo and Museums are already run by 4 or 5--the same people, either through their massive financial holdings or through their companies. . In essence the City gave them control of these institutions for saving the Park 2 decades ago. Them taking control was not very civic. It would be nuts to end public transportation and to cease funding schools. It would not be nuts to restore express bus service to MUNY and operating MUNY 13 weeks a year to draw 900,000 and it would not be nuts to combine some of the overlapping agencies that tax for education.

Sara Ivie-Trankler
Sara Ivie-Trankler

I can't stand him. I waited on him once. He took up all my time, drank for free and left a 5 dollar tip on a 200 dollar bill. Jackass.

egolterman topcommenter

Be that as it may it is likely he will be re-elected. However it is my guess the candidate who would relieve the over-taxed, over-burdened citizens of St. Louis County of the $50 million a year in Zoo, Museums Tax, stop paying off the Ballpark and Dome bonds and reduce the hotel/motel tax and fight for reducing the sales tax at retail to 7% would be elected in a landslide. Problem is none of them have any courage.

Also, freeing Kiel and MUNY which are regional assets and should not be the pawns

and victims of four or five power brokers...and restoring express bus service to MUNY...would also help. 

In otherwords, do a few honorable things that help the economy and the people who elected you.Now, I await the vicious attack by whomever....

Harrison Elfrink
Harrison Elfrink

What? For saying some mean words? I like that over a spineless Romney-type who isn't honest and upfront.

Nick Ackermann
Nick Ackermann

Dooley needs to go, idk how he got in office on the first place


He needs to go!! His time is done and I don't like the things I'm hearing. Change is inevitable.


@egolterman The zoo, and museums should be sold off to private organizations that take no tax money. We are taxed enough!

Also, get rid of public transportation, public schools, and food stamps.

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