Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

David Gordon: 7th Ward Opponents Slam Green Party Aldermen Candidate As Closet Tea Partier

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge David Brent Gordon - VIA
  • via
  • David Brent Gordon

With the primary elections in St. Louis past, there's been very little talk about the upcoming general election next week -- especially when it comes to the local board of aldermen races. In the Seventh Ward, however, the long-time incumbent Alderwoman Phyllis Young has a Green Party opponent who is running a real campaign.

Only problem is, he's a Tea Partier in disguise. At least those are the allegations of the Seventh Ward Independent Democrats, which has accused candidate David Brent Gordon of not really being a Green Party guy -- and has also filed ethics complaints against him related to campaign finance.

"I'll put my alderwoman up against anybody when it comes to green issues," Seventh Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski tells Daily RFT. "But there's nothing Green Party about this guy."

Gordon's campaign, however, says the Tea Party accusations are wrong and unfounded -- and says they have responded to and addressed all finance complaints.

Ceselski says she is trying to spread the word about the opponent's Tea Party background, so that voters know the truth about him:

Her only concrete proof, however, about his Tea Party ties appears to be a bunch of likes on Gordon's Facebook page, which is private. Those likes, which are visible, include Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, the St. Louis Tea Party, etc. Here's a screenshot:

click to enlarge VIA FACEBOOK

"He's flying below the radar," says Ceselski. "But you don't want to underestimate anybody."

She says that his campaign website makes very little mention of Green Party issues, beyond very basic talking points.

"It's word salad," she says.

And Ceselski has also filed complaints against him with the Missouri Ethics Commission, saying his campaign has made a series of errors -- not properly disclosing the treasurer's name on printed materials, failing to file required reports, failing to report receipts and failing to report expenditures.

Continue for the rebuttal from the Gordon campaign.

Tags: , ,

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation