Back when he must have felt invincible, County Executive Charlie Dooley stated his public support for a merger. Dooley's challenger, Republican Bill Corrigan, immediately made his opposition to any such merger Exhibit A in his case against Dooley.
But while Corrigan's challenge proved surprisingly tough -- he raised an impressive $1.5 million, about $1 million less than Dooley -- he couldn't pull off a win.
Dooley won by an estimated 4 percent of the vote, according to KWMU.
Had Corrigan won, the merger talks would almost certainly have been dead. But Dooley's victory, while hardly a mandate, should signify to other politicians that they can support a merger and still keep their jobs. And with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on the record with his support for a merger, too, well -- let's just say that we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but we could actually see this idea going somewhere.