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‘You can’t make this stuff up’: Lawmakers react to ex-Mayor Slay’s hiring in airport privatization

"I feel like you can't make this stuff up."
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay

ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL -- City of St. Louis lawmakers expressed disappointment Wednesday at former Mayor Francis Slay’s decision to represent a potential private operator at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, after he launched the privatization process while in office.

The Business Journal reported Monday that Spanish multinational Ferrovial S.A. is interested in leasing Lambert, and that it is hiring Slay and his law firm, Spencer Fane LLP, to help. Slay teamed with Grow Missouri, a nonprofit funded by Missouri billionaire Rex Sinquefield, to submit an application to a Federal Aviation Administration privatization program.

“I feel like you can’t make this stuff up,” said Alderwoman Megan Green, an opponent of privatization. “We really need to figure out when this was decided. Is this something the mayor knew about or had in the back of his mind when he submitted the application to the FAA? It definitely gives the appearance that this has been set up for the benefit of some political insiders.”

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