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Burns Defeats Montecillo in "Ugly" Primary Race for District 93

The 93rd District represents parts of Lemay and Affton; Bob Burns received 61 percent of the vote.

This story was updated at 12:30 on Wednesday with comments from Bob Burns. 

When called to congratulate him on the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's primary, the conversation lasted less than 30 seconds. 

Burns won by  and will face Republican Tony Leech in November, who ran unopposed in the primary. 

"I just called Bob Burns and congratulated him on a win and wished him good luck, and he said 'Ok Joe, thanks,'" Montecillo said. "It's been a really ugly campaign."

"The only things that were negative were perpetrated by him," Burns said. "I didn't want to give him any name recognition in the area, so didn't mention my opponent by name once during the race." 

Burns  as filing for that seat stayed open a little longer after state 

Burns was  in the effort . He has served on the Affton School Board, worked as a staffer for Claire McCaskill and previously ran for the state House in the 2000s, losing narrowly to then-state Rep. Jim Lembke (R-Lemay). 

Montecillo—ex-husband of state Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-Affton)—is an attorney that ran for his first political office. 

After the loss, Montecillo said he was "really worried" about politics in South County. 

"We have a state representative in my ex-wife that doesn't participate as a regional person anymore and we have a Democratic nominee in the form of Bob Burns who doesn't come to his township meetings anymore," Montecillo said. "These people need to grow up."

Burns, who has lived in the district since 1969, said he didn't go to the Lemay Township Democratic meetings because they've become a "backstabbing, political, under-handed group with only eight to 10 people attending the meetings."

Burns said he's stayed involved in the community and co-chaired the committee to bring River City Casino to Lemay, which has and . 

"This guy has got the audacity to say that I'm not involved in the community; I'm going to continue to be positive and work for the good of the community," Burns said. "They chose me and put their faith and trust in me and I'm going to pay them back 10-fold."

Joe Montecillo August 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I disagree with the characterization of the township organization attendance. As President of the Progressive Democrats of Lemay, I can tell you we have more than 10-12 members at each meeting. We fill the room and candidates line up to appear and have speaking time. Mr. Burns himself was in regular attendance before he created a primary, taking up time at each meeting preaching AGAINST primaries in fact. If he needs a large crowd in order to justify his participation, that's an ego problem. Our organization is open, vibrant and growing. There is no backstabbing involved, or tolerated.
Carmen Wilkerson August 09, 2012 at 02:08 PM
If I read one more time that "Burns was a major player in the effort to dissolve the tiny south St. Louis County municipality of St. George", I'm going to throw up.
JOREN HANRAHAN August 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I am a member of the PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS of LEMAY and I don't know where Mr. Burns got his information but we have 25 to 30 members and sometimes more at each meeting. The only backstabbing I know of came from Mr. Burns during this primary. It is a shame that grown men still act like boys! Joren Hanrahan
Bruce Blunt August 09, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I just can't begin to count the number of times I heard Bob Burns speak against Primary elections and the damage they could do to the Party. Then the first chance he gets he forces a Primary then complains about people being upset. What a hypocrite. Bruce Blunt
Brian Wilkerson August 09, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Bob Burns personifies EVERYTHING that is wrong with politics. If Burns actually wins the November election it will be time to look towards the 2014 election and make sure his stay in Jefferson City is a short one. I hope his challenger has the energy and resources to expose Burns for what he is.
John Messmer August 10, 2012 at 01:37 AM
A very experienced, committed, and long-time activist in Democratic party politics once told me that "when Democrats form a firing squad, it's always in a circle." I didn't know exactly what she meant, then I started attending South County Democratic township committee meetings. Bob Burns was wrong about primaries. Competition - especially in politics - should never be discouraged. But he was right about these "organizations." At a typical meeting there's usually just 10-15 people that attend - and most of them are of the "under-handed" "back-stabbing" variety. The only consolation is the fact that the average age of these folks is around 110 so we won't have to worry about them that much longer. Want to know why the average person hates politics? Show up at one of these meetings, sit back, and observe.

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