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Cook Dismisses Endorsement

October 21, 1996
By: David Freitas
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's Secretart of State-- Bekki Cook-- has dismissed a St. Louis Post-Dispatch endorsement of her opponent in the race for Secretary of State-- John Hancock.

David Freitas has the story from Jefferson City.

Story:
RunTime:
OutCue: SOC

Citing various problems in her administration... the Post-Dispatch said Bekki Cook has not mastered the demands of her office.

But Cook says many of the accusations are not accurate.

Actuality:
RunTime: 11
OutCue: "...members of the Post-Dispatch."
Contents: [128K WAV file - Cooks says that she as not surprised by the endorsement and claims that Hancock is close to members of the Post-Dispatch staff.]

The endorsment accuses Cook of making several mistakes while in office... including problems with this November's ballot.

David Freitas, reporting from the Capital.