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Gov. Parson stands by contract for COO's former employer

Parson spokesman Steele Shippy said Monday the bidding process was the Administration Office's exclusive responsibility and the governor's office supports it. (FILE)

New Gov. Mike Parson was standing by a state contract awarded to the Missouri chief operating officer's former employer.

Parson spokesman Steele Shippy said Monday the bidding process was the Administration Office's exclusive responsibility and the governor's office supports it.

At issue was a roughly $2.7 million contract awarded in June to McKinsey and Company to review the Medicaid program. Missouri Chief Operating Officer Drew Erdmann worked there before former Gov. Eric Greitens created the chief operating officer position and hired Erdmann.

House Democratic Leader Gail McCann Beatty Monday said Greitens' administration "rigged" the process to help McKinsey. She called on Parson to cancel the contract and eliminate the chief operating officer's position, which Shippy confirmed Parson won't do.

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