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Listen: How Sinquefield/Brown Split Played Into Airport Privatization Failure

After many delays, the city's contract with consultants to explore the privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport may be official soon.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio
Supporters of a plan to privatize St. Louis Lambert International Airport announced they would withdraw the initiative set for city ballots this November.

Last week, supporters of a plan to privatize St. Louis Lambert International Airport announced they would withdraw the initiative set for city ballots this November. A week later, two of the major entities behind the privatization push announced they had decided to part ways just one day before the announcement on the airport initiative.

Political consultant Travis Brown has worked for conservative billionaire Rex Sinquefield for more than a decade. But in a statement on Sept. 7, Sinquefield’s team announced that Brown and his firm Pelopidas no longer represent Sinquefield.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Jacob Kirn, economic development editor for the St. Louis Business Journal, talked about the end of the 14-year relationship between Sinquefield and Brown.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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