State of Missouri Archives: on Corporations


John Brunner: Served as CEO of personal care products manufacturer

Brunner touted his experience in the private sector, where he served as CEO of personal care products manufacturer Vi-Jon. In the private sector, he said, he learned the skills needed to unseat McCaskill, such as surrounding himself with "a great team." He said, "You have to have a great message, and a great message is not another career politician."

Akin, a six-term congressman, took exception. "If I were a career politician, I'd stay in a safe congressional district, wouldn't I? I don't think the Senate is the place for on-the-job training," he said.

Steelman responded that Brunner has surrounded himself with high-priced political consultants who are likely telling him that the winning message is painting his opponents as career politicians.

Brunner, who has poured more than $2 million of his own money into his campaign, called Akin's remarks about on-the-job training "political talk." His opponents' recent job experience "is a little different than being on the production line," he said.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Apr 22, 2012

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