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Columbia Missourian

Democrats accuse Blunt of employing immigrant

By The Associated Press
October 19, 2010 | 2:14 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Democratic Party is accusing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Blunt of illegally employing an immigrant 20 years ago.

Blunt's campaign says that is false, and that Democrats are distorting a kind gesture.

Democrats on Tuesday released an August 1990 letter from then-Secretary of State Blunt to an immigration commissioner seeking help for a Nicaraguan woman seeking political asylum in the U.S. In the letter, Blunt says the woman "has done some work for Roseann," who was his wife.

Democrats said that language suggests the Blunts employed the woman before she got official approval to work in the U.S.

Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer says the woman merely helped at some church events and was never employed by the Blunts.