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Kinder visits El-Amin in prison, reports former legislator has gained weight

Jul 26, 2010

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder reports, via Twitter, that he visited former state Rep. T.D. El Amin, D-St. Louis, today in prison in Alabama.

El-Amin is serving time on a bribery-related charge, in a federal prison on the grounds of Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

A spokesman for Kinder, a Republican, said he was in the vicinity because Kinder is attending the National Lieutenant Governors' Association summer meeting this week in Biloxi, Miss.

Tweeted Kinder after the visit: "Just left T.D. El Amin @ fed. camp on grounds of Maxwell Air Force Base. He looks good, smiling, relaxed, has gained 30 lbs." 

Earlier this summer, Kinder visited another imprisoned former Missouri legislator -- former state Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis -- who is serving time in a federal facility in Arkansas. Smith was convicted of a felony in connection with illegal campaign activities during his failed 2004 bid for Congress.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.