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Dooley Campaign Accidentally Calls Stenger Supporter Sexist Slur, Won't Apologize

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County Executive Charlie Dooley.
With just 36 hours left before the primary elections, County Executive Charlie Dooley's campaign team tweeted a sexist attack against a supporter of challenger Steve Stenger.

The tweet, which the campaign admits was poorly worded, refers to one of Stenger's supporters, attorney Jane Dueker, as a "trick," a derogatory term for women who are seen to sexually manipulate men and analogous to other slurs, including hoe, slut and bitch.

Linda Goldstein, Dooley's campaign communications director, says the campaign never intended to insult Dueker and will not be apologizing.

"She's trying to distract them from the issues at hand," Goldstein tells Daily RFT. "In my opinion, she had a disingenuous response to this unintentional wording, and by having this type of response, she is simply calling more attention to Stenger's outrageous comments."

See also: Dooley Attack Ad Accuses Stenger of Defending Human Trafficking Ring

The Dooley campaign launched an attack ad on Stenger last month accusing him of supporting a human-trafficking ring. Stenger, who was a lawyer defending the convicted traffickers as clients fourteen years ago, is quoted in a newspaper article saying about the victims, "This was a lifestyle they chose."

Dueker, who says Dooley's attack ad was one of the "sleezy, unfounded attacks they've hurled at Councilman Stenger regarding women," says Dooley's refusal to apologize is another example of his administration avoiding responsibility and accountability.

"It reveals, I believe, an indifference to women and reinforces the fact that their campaign has been about politics and not about women," Dueker tells Daily RFT. "I don't tell like a victim. It says more about them than it says about me, and I think voters, especially women, should take a look at this."

Dueker says she doubts she was called a trick by accident.

"It's difficult to believe that it is unintentional when they refuse to remove it and they refuse to apologize," she says. "They meant to say it, and they refuse to take responsibility for it, and that is unfortunately typical."

Goldstein says Dueker is only making the campaign's tweet into a big deal in order to distract voters.

"This is an excuse, this is a distraction from the 'blame the victim' mentality and comments that Steve Stenger made about thirteen-year-old girls forced into prostitution," Goldstein says. "It's trying to distract people from the issues at hand. She's trying to make herself a victim when the true victims of sex trafficking, that's a different story."

Here's the offending tweet:

Dueker quickly hit back with a few tweets of her own, eventually gathering a following people who were offended by the use of the word "trick." Not everyone was ready to declare that Dooley had resorted to blatantly sexist name calling to win Tuesday's primary. Just last week, Dooley accused the St. Louis Post-Dispatch opinion page of racism for printing a cartoon of Dooley painting over his "The Buck Stops Here" desk sign so it reads, "The Buck Stops." Dooley argued the cartoon was referring to stereotypical black characters in minstrel shows in the 1800s. The paper's editorial editor Tony Messenger denied any racial meaning behind the cartoon, saying it referred only to the popular saying originated by Harry S. Truman.

See also: County Executive Dooley Says St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political Cartoon of Him is Racist


Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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22 comments
Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan

I think that the term "Trick" is more understood for the connotations, than the word "Buck" that Dooley grasped at for being a racial slur. I think that Dooley campaign team knew exactly what they were implying, and this is the type of sore loser that is now looking for a new job....Maybe the FBI is hiring?

Terry Henderson
Terry Henderson

All politicians are crooks so all should be in jail not just dooley got beverges on deck an i will be at Gay field in 20 in Clayton mins then at J Bucks

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

I'll tell you to your face. Dooley is a crook and should be in jail. Where did you want to meet ? I'll bring hundreds with me who have the same opinion. Please provide beverages. Thank you

David Dorney
David Dorney

When choosing between two evils I like to try the one I've never tried before.

Tammy Dunn
Tammy Dunn

They're both terrible. No good choices.

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

The old man is fighting hard ! Pulling every dirty blow he can ! It's just like a old dog with no teeth ! It sounds vicious ! But it'll just gum you to death ! :) . 10 YEAR'S HAS BEEN TO LONG !

Anna Parker
Anna Parker

To make a change we have to vote tomorrow.

Leslie Brandt
Leslie Brandt

In my humble opinion Steve Stenger needs to real Jane Dueker in because as an undecided voter...who will vote tomorrow, this story makes his campaign look very petty. It reminds me of when Al Gore's Presidential campaign brought up a supposed DWI arrest of GW Bush's on Election Day. It made him look desperate and this story makes you look desperate.

Ross Karbarski
Ross Karbarski

I don't even live in St Louis, and I think this was BULL***. To use a smear campaign against the candidate is one thing. Going after others to get at the opponent is crazy.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

I'd like to see more racist and sexist remarks from both campaigns (making popcorn now)

Terry Henderson
Terry Henderson

Its amazing how one candidate can talk trash about the other but the other supposed to just sit back an take thats what majority of you have been doing to others for hundreds of years you can dish it out but cant take it but we all know politicians job is to lie to get in office some make changes some dont but there is racism here if Dooley was running against an all AFRICAN AMERICAN CANDIDATES RFT wouldnt be reporting on this but this is facebook were you can make comments you know you wouldnt make in the person or persons face i see you hiding im not mad at you i know you want DOOLEY out but be careful what you ask for an wish for

Alexandra Lugger
Alexandra Lugger

I am not impressed with this man or his campaign. Sorry to say, but he seems like a plain old fashion asshole :-/

Karen Chaney
Karen Chaney

I really can't see how anyone could confuse this tweet "Stenger uses tricks to mislead STL County. One of his tricks includes @JaneDueker, a Doe Run lobbyist who is trouble!" It's obvious she is being referred to a trick, as in a cunning or skillful act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone. Someone is really grasping at straws here.

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

For the love of cod.. wtf is the deal with the racist crap in this town? Knock the huge chip off your shoulders and get over yourselves! We all bleed red, don't we?

Dana Phillips
Dana Phillips

dooley...ur a self righteous PUSSY...how's that for slur!

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