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August 19, 2004

Amtrak conductor Leslie Farr has been suspended without pay for suggesting his train passengers should vote against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, the Associated Press reports.

The incident occurred on a train traveling from Kansas City to St. Louis. It was delayed while waiting for Kerry's locomotive to leave St. Louis and head to a rally in Jefferson City, Missouri. Farr, in notifying passengers of the delay via the public address system, quipped that they should vote accordingly in November.

"These people's lives were seriously affected by this, so I tried to defuse the situation," said Farr, 26, of St. Louis. But in retrospect, he said, "I was wrong for making a political comment."

Amtrak opened an informal investigation into Farr's actions, accusing him of violating company policies by making "inappropriate and denigrating announcements" to customers, according to the AP.

It should be noted that Farr also is a Republican candidate for Congress, challenging a Democratic incumbent in a St. Louis district.

Source: Associated Press, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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