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  Is Rep. Genise Montecillo's Ex-Husband Joe Montecillo Running for Office to Harass Her?
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Last EditedRBH  Jul 19, 2012 10:11pm
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News DateWednesday, July 18, 2012 04:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe strange drama that's unfolded in the Democratic primary of Missouri's 93rd House district has stayed behind-the-scenes, but almost became public on Wednesday, March 21.

On that day, after a lunch recess, Representative John "JJ" Rizzo (D-Kansas City) returned to his seat in the chamber. Desks in the House are arranged in pairs; last session, Rizzo's seatmate was Genise Montecillo, a fellow Dem from the 66th district in St. Louis.

Despite the age gap -- she was 49, and Rizzo, 31 -- they'd both been elected as freshmen in 2010, and had become friends. Montecillo was a former special-ed teacher who'd already cemented a reputation in the caucus as a professional, hard-working member of the budget committee. But on that spring afternoon, Rizzo could see something was wrong with her.

"I can tell you she was visibly shaken and concerned for her safety," Rizzo recalls. "I'd never seen her react like that."

Montecillo had just received word that a man was spotted in downtown Jeff City: Her estranged husband Joseph Montecillo, a one-time assistant city counselor in St. Louis and Brown & Crouppen lawyer who currently practices at the Klar, Iszak and Stenger firm in Richmond Heights. The couple was separated with only sporadic contact. But on that day, Joe was present in the capital, and -- thanks to the quirks of redistricting -- was filing to run for state rep in the district adjacent to hers.
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