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Holden doesn't rule out putting Talent in administration

November 09, 2000
By: Clayton Bellamy
State Capital Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - Governor-elect Bob Holden Thursday did not rule out offering his vanquished opponent a job in his administration, saying the tight partisan make-up of the state Senate required that he govern with a bipartisan approach.

Holden also announced Thursday that Secretary of State Bekki Cook would head up his transition committee.

Holden defeated U.S. Rep. Jim Talent, R-Mo., by a razor thin margin of just more than 20,000 votes out of more than 2 million cast.

Talent has offered Holden his full support, and Holden said he wants to sit down and talk with Talent about the issues facing the state.

"I am looking to reach out across party lines to anybody that wants to move the state forward," Holden said.

"Now is the time for campaigning to end. Now is the time to lead."

He said the governor's office is in the midst of a rare and crowded transition with remnants of late governor Mel Carnahan's staff and Gov. Roger Wilson's staff currently at work, and his new staff moving in.