Democrat Gracia Backer insists she isn’t bitter, but she has little good to say about the primary opponent who beat her soundly to win the party nomination for Lt. Governor. Backer says Joe Maxwell resorted to a “tactic of lies” to win the election. Backer also criticizes the Ethics Commission for failing to call for an investigation of whether Maxwell violated state campaign finance laws. Backer claims he got around limits by funneling donations to other campaigns friendly to his. For detailed election returns, visit the Missouri Secretary of State’s website at: