Public Service Commission Chairman Jeff Davis finds himself on the defensive because of a meeting he had last January with an official of the Aquila energy company. Aquila is based in western Missouri. It’s hoping to merge with Kansas City Power and Light, the second-biggest power company in Missouri.

During a hearing on the merger, an e-mail from Aquila CEO Richard Green became part of the public record. In the e-mail to the Aquila board, Green says Davis is eager to push the merger through, quickly, to prove that "he can push deals through" in Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the e-mail was sent more than two months before a public announcement of the merger plans.

Davis says the e-mail overstates the substance of the conversation he and Green had.