The three people Gov. Matt Blunt is appointing to help nominate judges for either the state's appellate courts or the Greene County Circuit Court have at least one thing in common - they've all donated to Republican candidates.
Blunt today announced he's appointing John T. Gentry, of Springfield, to the Appellate Judicial Commission. Gentry is president of Positronic Industries.
Positronic donated $10,000 in October to Greene Countians Against Question 1. That's the group that fought unsuccessfully against a ballot measure for Greene County to adopt the Nonpartisan Court Plan.
Blunt also named the first two gubernatorial appointees for the new judicial commission created by voters' approval of the court plan. It will soon begin recommending finalists for vacancies on the bench in Greene County. The governor's selections are Sara L. Hargis, of Springfield, vice president of Ozarks Coca Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Co., and Linda F. Fowler, of Springfield, a board member for the State Bank of Southwest Missouri.
The anti-court plan group also received $2,500 from the Ozarks Coca-Cola company in October.
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