"I filed this lawsuit for one simple reason, we need good people in politics. If the standard for truthfulness in political campaigns is there is no standard, our state and country will continue to erode because good people won't run for office. Jay Nixon's attack ads are false and defamatory and he knows it. If he had a record of accomplishment to run on he wouldn't need to lie about me, but he doesn't. Missourians deserve a governor who won't lie about his own record and about his opponent. Jay Nixon should be fired," states Dave Spence.
"The stress of the campaign is clearly taking a toll on Dave Spence, but he should take a deep breath, and consider honestly defending his record at the bank instead of having his campaign manager file a frivolous lawsuit. This week, TV stations across Missouri rejected Dave Spence's attempts to bully them into removing ads, because the facts are clear: While serving as a director of a bank that took a $40 million bailout from Washington, Mr. Spence bought 500,000 shares of stock in the bank and took a million-dollar insider loan for himself, but then voted on February 11, 2011 against repaying the bailout money to the taxpayers. You see a lot of crazy stunts during the course of a campaign, but this frivolous lawsuit is misguided and desperate," states Oren Shur, Nixon's Campaign Manager.