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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Brunner's business record raises concerns

By Homer Page
August 1, 2012 | 2:39 p.m. CDT

Our national debt is a problem for which both Republicans and Democrats must share some of the blame. John Brunner is a candidate for the U.S. Senate who claims to be a person who can solve our debt problem, but the truth is that Mr. Brunner has put his family business into serious debt.* It is ironic, to say the least, that he is trying to convince voters that he can be a hawk on the national debt.

A business executive might be qualified to serve in the Senate, but when you dig into Mr. Brunner's record, a picture emerges that raises serious questions concerning his qualifications. Under Mr. Brunner's leadership, his family's company took onaround $250,000,000 in debt. This does not sound like a fiscal conservative to me.

Mr. Brunner is asking us to elect him based on his experience, but that experience doesn't seem to merit our trust.

Homer Page is a Columbia resident.

*The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Brunner sold a majority stake in Vi-Jon to private equity firm Berkshire Partners. The combined entity was left with a $245 million debt burden.