The news about Senator Jeff Smith’s resignation and legal situation has occasioned a lot of disappointment — and a little bit of “I told you so” around the state.
Jeff Smith has been an articulate and enthusiastic supporter of the City of St. Louis. His passionate and vocal advocacy for a progressive urban agenda made friends in every part of town, and on both sides of the legislative aisle. And it made some enemies, too.
I cannot excuse nor explain the illegal activities to which he has admitted. I cannot even imagine what he was thinking.
I strongly encourage his friends and supporters to step up and continue his work for children, urban infrastructure, and dis-invested neighborhoods.