ST. LOUIS - A City of St. Louis leader fears thousands of good paying jobs are in jeopardy because of public political infighting.
It was a surprise development as Missouri's lieutenant governor visited St. Louis, criticizing part of the state's incentive package to land the Boeing 777X deal. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was in St. Louis Monday with members of the legislative black caucus. They were calling out the governor over part of the Boeing incentive package.
It was billed as a unified front.
"I repeat how much of a bi-partisan effort this is," said Kinder.
"This is not about republicans or about democrats, this is an issue of fairness," said state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a Democrat.
They are accusing Gov. Jay Nixon of making a secret deal to delay nearly $14 million in low-income housing tax credits in exchange for support on the nearly $2 billion incentive package for Boeing.
"We do not believe that a back door deal should have been cut on the backs of poor people," said Nasheed.
But when Democrat St. Louis Alderwoman Marlene Davis spoke, it was clear she wasn't unified with anyone up there.
Speaking to Kinder while both were behind the podium and while the media was watching, Davis said, "At the end of the day, you and I both know what the governor did needed to be done. You didn't need a filibuster, you didn't need a lot of other things to happen and get that passed, you and I know that."
"I'm sorry, we're going to have to respectfully agree to disagree on that point," Kinder shot back.
Davis chastised the group for going public with the dispute.
When 5 on Your Side's Mike Rush asked Kinder how much a public feud among state leaders might affect Missouri's chances with Boeing, which is considering several states for construction of the 777X plane, he said, "I think the answer is not at all because the Boeing deal is a fact."
The incentive package did pass, but Boeing is still weighing its options on where to land the project and Davis says political infighting is hurtful.
"If you can't do business in a simple, fair way, and think about this, they're not even here yet and this is what we're doing, so yes, I would think that that would be consideration for them," said Davis.
NewsChannel 5 reached out to Boeing, but a spokesperson says the company has no comment.
Likewise, Governor Nixon had no comment on Kinder's statements.
Boeing is expected to make its decision early next year.