Columbia attorney Craig Van Matre’s spot on the University of Missouri Board of Curators must go up for a vote by the end of the week. But his confirmation faces opposition from Republicans in the Senate. Republican State Senator Kevin Engle, among others, tells KBIA he plans to filibuster Governor Jay Nixon’s choice to fill the seat that was vacated in June.
“I doubt that anybody would look at me and say, ‘There’s a guy that anybody can get along with, and anybody can change his mind,” the attorney said, adding that he's a convenient target.
This marks the third time in a little more than a year that Governor Jay Nixon has nominated Van Matre for the position.