Missouri Governor Once Tried To End Desegratation
Nixon’s position infuriated the local NAACP, anger that was resurrected shortly before he decided to again seek a Senate seat again in 1998. While he was speaking at a Democratic dinner that June in St. Louis, 15 protestors marched outside the hotel, as CQ reported at the time. Among the signs they carried were ones reading “Deseg Yes, Segregation No,” and “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTEGRITY?” One leader said flatly, “As of now, I’m going to vote for the Republican.” Another compared him to Alabama’s George Wallace. For the second time, Nixon lost.
[su_r_sky_ad]Nixon has been embroiled in other controversies one wouldn’t expect from a Democrat.
Earlier this month, he vetoed a tough restriction on abortions, after having previously allowed other restrictions to go into effect. The differentiation on this bill, the governor argued, was the lack of exemptions in cases of incest and rape.
Nixon has also presided over a number of executions in the state, including the seventh of the year just last week. When he was attorney general, Nixon was a strong proponent of the death penalty, saying, at one point, that appeals were “total hokum.”