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Nixon still backs Linda Martinez

Mo. Gov. Nixon taking questions today (2/6/09) from reporters in Jefferson City

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon isn't saying much about the filibuster in the Missouri Senate that's blocking the confirmation of Linda Martinez as the state's Economic Development Director.

It's being conducted over concerns that Martinez is soft on illegal immigration.

"Oh, I think that my record in those areas is clear, and so is hers, and we look forward to working with the Senate to get her approved next week," Nixon told reporters today in Jefferson City.

State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) says he's willing to end his filibuster if he gets reassurances in writing that Martinez will follow the state's illegal immigration laws.

Nixon would not say today whether his office would comply.


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