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Why Did Paul Holzer Expose John Brunner? Part III

This is part III of a four-part series. Here’s partI and part II. Why Now? Why did Holzer choose last week to out himself? Why show himself now, putting his old boss, John Brunner, in such a bad light? And right before the August 2 primary? Holzer has damaged Brunner’s reputation and credibility. And Brunner spent a ton of his own money in the process, including paying $100,000 to the guy who made the video, then squealed about it. Read more →

John Brunner’s Charade, Part II

_This is part II of a three-part series. Here’s part_I. That Shadowy Paul Holzer Paul Holzer is a former Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander and a medical student at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. (Oddly, his bio shows MD, MBA, even though is still in medical school and simultaneously working toward an MBA.) Holzer also runs a biotech 501c3 and a political consulting firm, Draper Sterling LLC. He did some work for Donald Trump’s campaign, and he was John Brunner’s chief of staff last year. Read more →

John Brunner’s Charade, part I

Why in the world would a political operative who once worked for John Brunner out himself and expose Brunner as either a liar or a patsy two weeks before an election? Reggie Lampert: Of course, you won’t be able to lie on your back for a while but then you can lie from any position, can’t you? –Charade, 1963 Things just got weirder in Missouri. After the stunning revelation that people associated with John Brunner’s campaign did, in fact, produce a false, negative video attacking Eric Greitens, you might be wondering what’s going on? Read more →

I know it was you, Fredo

Fredo Corleone: I’m your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over! Michael Corleone: That’s the way Pop wanted it. Fredo Corleone: It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect! —The Godfather: Part II I’m sure John Brunner never saw himself as Fredo Corleone. A Burning Question Did you ever ask yourself why John Brunner would release a surreptitious recording of a phone call with an opponent? Read more →

Fascinating Results from Leaders Eat Last Poll

This is the story of hard choices and how people resist making them. Last week’s poll asked you to watch a video by Simon Sinek before answering two, simple, two-part questions: which Republican candidate for President and Missouri Governor is most likely and least likely to eat last? I intended the poll to be hard. Not complicated, not long, but emotionally challenging. Why the Poll Was Emotionally Challenging For several weeks, I have built a case for the importance of leadership. Read more →

The SEAL, the Race, and the CEO

In its entire history, who was the safest CEO for Apple? In other words, if you were a corporate recruiter hired by Apple’s board to find a chief executive, whom would hire? I’ll answer this later, but first here’s why I’m asking. Who Would You Recruit? In response to yesterday’s post on Brunner vs. Greitens, someone asked me a similar question about Eric Greitens. The inquisitor seems to question my judgment for preferring Greitens over John Brunner. Read more →

The Greater of Two Goods

You know the feeling. You support someone for office. Call this person Candidate A. You’re all in. You’ve told your friends about this great person. Then another candidate jumps in to oppose your candidate. Let’s call this person Candidate B. This insurgent has great qualifications. You campaigned for Candidate B in another race a few years ago. You’ve talked him up. In the past, told your friends to vote for Candidate B. Read more →