Guest Column: A letter of support for Congresswoman Ann Wagner

On Friday, I read a profile of Democrat Mark Osmack on the Clayton Times website. Some of his comments struck me as misleading and others were downright lies.

I have known Congresswoman Wagner for years now and, contrary to what Mr. Osmack says, Ann gladly spends time in Jefferson County. In fact, my family has known the Wagners (nee Trousdale) since Ann grew up in South County, went to high school at Cor Jesu, which is located in (you guessed it) south St. Louis County.

Councilman Fleischmann

As an Arnold City Councilman, I have also worked closely with Congresswoman Wagner’s office on many constituent Issues. Ann was great help during the December Flood of 2016 and the so recent flood of May 2017.

I’d like to give Osmack the benefit of the doubt and imagine that he was mistaken, but when I spoke to him just last week, I told him precisely that. Ann considers it a privilege to represent my community in Congress and with all of the work that she does at the VA facility at Jefferson Barracks, it is difficult to comprehend how Mr. Osmack could make such a glaring error.

With dishonest candidates like these, it is hardly surprising that Democrats are hemorrhaging support in Jefferson County. I will proudly support Ann Wagner for reelection in 2018.

Ej Fleischmann represents Ward 1 at the Arnold City Council, and is a lifelong resident of Arnold and can be reached through his Facebook page

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