Rival accuses Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon of selling veto

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 8:28 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence is accusing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon of selling recent decisions to veto a pair of bills.

Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed bills last week that would have made it harder for workers to win workplace discrimination cases and brought occupational diseases under the scope of Missouri's workers' compensation system. Nixon said they represented a step backward for workers.

But Spence claimed at a Capitol news conference Monday that the governor's decisions are for sale. He cited recent campaign contributions to Nixon from attorneys opposed to changing workplace laws.

Nixon's campaign referred questions to the state Democratic Party. A party spokeswoman said Spence has no room to criticize the role of money in politics, because he once served on a bank board that did not repay a federal bailout.

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