This billboard,one of several in Springfield (I saw it on Grant Avenue, just north of the Brown Derby store at St. Louis Street) certainly caused some fireworks at the last meeting of the Greene County Republican Central Committee which was held last week at a downtown restaurant.
And the guy who started the fireworks?
Why Steve Helms, of course, the master of the sucker punch.
He is upset with Roseann Bentley, a Greene County Commissioner, Springfield Area Arts Council Board Member, former Missouri State Senator, former chair of the Senate's Education Committee, former president of the State Board of Education, and former president of the Springfield R-12 Board of Education.
The story I heard is that at the end of the meeting, as people were leaving, Helms got the floor and made a motion to censure Bentley for appearing in that campaign ad and also to remove her from the central committee.
After being seconded by Larry Russell, the motion passed.
A recent bus rider had this to say about Helms:
He was discharged from the Army for reasons unknown; arrived in these parts of the country with fewer papers on birth, education and employment history than President Obama; drug out of bankruptcy by some woman active in the Republican Party; appointed to a top legal community position in the courts system with no prior skills by a Governor who quit his position after supporters had spent millions of dollars to get him elected, and, this is almost a novel but not as good as Winters Bone.And now he wants to kick Roseann Bentley out of the Republicans.
Another bus rider said
The employees at the courthouse say Helms, when he is there, hides in his office and works on Springburg and has nothing to do with the running of the office and courts system.
The judges rely on another person for leadership and liason with the Circuit Clerk's office.
Look at Helms' personal bio on his website, stevehelms.net:
Born: September 12 no date given here, does he even have a birth certificate? is he hiding something?What's Bentley done? - This narrative was taken from one of the many websites that come up when Bentley's name is googled.
Married: Virginia R Helms, January 30, 1988
Children: Sarah, David, & Elizabeth no mention of what school they attend, are they homeschooled?
Education: Sarasota High School, 1984 did he graduate? Is this Sarasota Florida?
Attended: OTC, Austin Peay State University, Hopkinsville Community College OTC we can assume is Ozarks Technical College here in #SGF, Austin Peay and Hopkinsville CC are in Clarksville TN and Hopkinsville, KY. Fort Campbell next to these two areas. So we can deduce that Helms was stationed at Fort Campbell sometime during his army career. (I took my basic training at Ft. Campbell, which is hte home of the 82nd Airborne.)
Military Service: US Army from 1989-1996 No memtion of rank? duty stations? dates of assignments? MOS?
Self-employed/Business: 1996-2008 Would the business be Helms Home Repair? Helms Enterprise and Complete Mobile Home, Mello's Tree Service? or maybe it is your "mini-vacation rental" business or your newspaper publishing business?
Greene County Circuit Court Clerk: 2008 - Present
Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board
Organizations: American Legion National Rifle Association Missouri Republican Assembly - NFRA
Church: Second Baptist Church
This is from the Missouri Women's Council when they presented their Award of Distinction to Bentley in 2006.
Greene County Commissioner 2nd District
Roseann Bentley’s exceptional contributions to the cause of women and children have had a significant impact locally, state-wide and nationally. She has been tireless in her efforts to make a difference over many years and through a variety of ways.
Roseann was the first woman elected to the Missouri Senate from Southwest Missouri. She helped set up a Take Your Daughters to Work Day in the State Capitol and gave keynote addresses to approximately 100 girls for several years.
Roseann sponsored legislation which was amended onto House Bill 1519 which took thirty million dollars from the gaming boat entry fees and used it to fund better early childhood education. This bill set up programs for more quality child care, for parenting education and for developmentally appropriate activities taught to childcare providers and to stay at home moms.
She chaired the Children’s Services Commission for three years. This commission discussed and analyzed how their actions and legislation affected families.
She was co-founder of the United Way Day of Caring fourteen years ago. This event has become an annual event in Springfield. She has seen thousands of volunteer hours given on behalf of women and children.
She served as the President of the Junior League of Springfield. The year she served, the League started a thrift shop which has given three million dollars back to the community from the profits the shop has generated. She was awarded the Association of Junior Leagues’ International Mary Harriman Award for her work on behalf of women and children.
She co-sponsored the bill that set up the first Missouri Office for Women’s Health.
Her insights and far reaching efforts are a tribute to a woman who has made significant contributions to the cause of women and families. Her dedication and focus are truly amazing.
For Helms to even suggest that Bentley needs to be censured for appearing with Coonrod in the billboard speaks volumes about the mindset of Helms. Helms needs to apologize to Commissioner Bentley, the Greene County Republican Central Committee and HE needs to resign from the Central Committee.