As Ed Martin turns his attention to yet another office in November 2011, we remember what Ed Martin was doing in November 2007.
TURKEY FREED, MARTIN AXED
St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial, November 21, 2007
It's difficult to believe that Ed Martin's tenure as Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt's chief of staff didn't even last 15 months. The 37-year-old St. Louis lawyer packed a lot of controversy into a very short time.
Mr. Martin was at the helm when the governor's office botched the private settlement over Agriculture Director Fred Ferrell's demeaning "show dog" comments about a female staff member. Mr. Martin wrote shirty letters to Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith in the controversy over the judicial selection process. Spearheading Mr. Blunt's drive against illegal immigrants, Mr. Martin told a meeting of the Missouri Housing Commission that merely by driving by construction sites, "every friggin' developer can figure out who is illegal." And how could they do that? "There's a bunch of Mexicans out there, I guess some of them are probably not legal," he said.