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Tommy Sowers Responds to Emerson's Smears

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

In an article in yesterday's SE Missourian, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson stated that Tommy Sowers "never commanded anybody" during his 11 year-army career.

Sowers is on Day 3 of his "100 Mile Road March" over Memorial Day weekend, along the route of the "100 Mile Yard Sale" on Highway 25. He began at the Veterans Memorial Wall in Jackson on Thursday morning and will finish walking Highway 25 at the Veterans Memorial in Kennett on Sunday evening.

After completing a previously scheduled chat Friday afternoon with 20 veterans at the Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield, Sowers held a press conference, where he made the following statement:

"In this morning's edition of the SE Missourian, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson stated that during my time in Army I 'never commanded anybody'.

I served 11 years active duty in the Army, served as a Combat Engineer, Ranger, and Green Beret. I deployed once to Kosovo where I served as a platoon leader, and twice to Iraq where I served as the detachment commander of a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha "A Team". I was in command of enlisted men and women for years during my time as an officer. For anyone to say otherwise is either a purposeful misrepresentation of the facts, or a complete disregard for accuracy in public statements by an elected official.

Now this is a district of 70,000 veterans. Every time I meet new groups of people, including the 20 people I just spoke with, I ask them: "How many of you have served or have a family member that has?" and nearly everyone raises their hand, like they just did here in Bloomfield. Places like Southeastern Missouri are where the military comes from.

Congresswoman Emerson chose to disparage my military service with lies. As we begin a weekend of honoring those who sacrificed everything for our country, it not only insults me, but insults every veteran in this district, the state, and the country. Our service is not to be used as a throwaway line for political gain. Congresswoman Emerson owes me and everyone else in the military an apology for her Memorial Day lies."

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Instead of demanding an apology to millions of Americans because you perceive you were slighted, how about exhibiting some of the toughness we'd expect from a Green Beret and shaking it off? Petty and thin-skinned, dude. The woman you're running against is tougher than you are.

-- Posted by Dear Reader on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 10:01 AM

I am a Vietnam era veteran living in Cape. Let me say that Jo Ann Emerson has been nothing but good to our veterans. Jo Ann was there when we built the new VFW hall on Kingshighway, Jo Ann visits the MO Vets home in Cape and she has a excellent staff that has helped me and my friends with VA benefits. To say Jo Ann does not respect our military men and women is just not true.

The real issue Jo Ann was trying to talk about was Don't Ask Don't Tell. As a guy who has spent time in combat zones I appreciate Jo Ann not wanting to make this a political issue. The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell or any other military policy should be made by military leaders, not politicans.

-- Posted by Bill63701 on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 10:33 AM

What I find unbelieveable is that a Congress person would not be aware that an Army Major commanded troops. I hope she isn't on any Defense Department committees. She shows a complete lack of knowledge about the military. I am a life long Republican too

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 10:37 AM


I am also a veteran (Gulf War 1) and I would like to echo you praise of Ms. Emerson's work with veterans. I had trouble getting the VA to help me with an issue and Jo Ann personally called the VA in Washington to handle the problem.

"Don't as, Don't tell" is such a complicated issue. I agree with Bill and with Jo Ann that the issue should be handled by the military and not by politicians.

Thank you to all our veterans on this Memorial Day weekend!

-- Posted by mofreedom on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 11:01 AM

Congressman Ike Skelton, a Democrat, voted against repealing the "Don't ask Don't tell" policy.

Sowers, I respect you for your military service and for your 100 mile walk. But, your political and economic views are way to the left of the majority of voters in this district. Bill Emerson was congressman from '83-'96 and Joann has been congresswoman from '96 until now. That's a total of 27 years.

That being said, I agree we need a change in Washington, but it's not A Democrat with socialistic leanings. That's why I and many other conservatives are voting for Bob Parker in the primary.

Sowers, check out http://www.dailystatesman.com/story/1637...

and scroll down. You'll see a comment I made about you coming to Dexter! And Sowers, you can come by our place any time! You're welcome in Dexter even if we do disagree with your politics!

-- Posted by swift on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 11:30 AM

I had the mispleasure of meeting Tommy Sowers today along the 100 mile yard sale route. I found him to be loud, obnoxious and argumentative. I merely asked him if he would have voted for Obama's Health Care bill. He said he would have. I told him that was the end of our discussion. He continued to try and engage me in conversation. I told him I was a Tea Partier and believed that government had only those powers given to it in the Constitution. He went on and on about being a Constitution scholar yet would not acknowledge that there are only nine things that the Constitution expressly gives government the power to do:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

I told Sowers that I may not vote for Jo Ann Gladney but I'll be damned if I vote for Tommy Sowers as we have too many Democrats in Congress as it is. He said in a snotty manner "There is someone running on the Tea Party ticket....go ahead and vote for them."

-- Posted by WisdomSeeker on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 4:57 PM

Sounds to me like he gave you honest answers. Would you have rather he lied? Perhaps your dialogue was not the best. Sounds like you wanted to be controversial/ If the poor of the poorest in this district voted, there would not be a Repub anywhere in the 8th district. Keep supporting JAE and maybe we can become the poorest district in the nation.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 8:52 PM

This Sowers guys sounds like another bleeding heart whiner. And being in command and commanding are two different things. Jo Ann Emerson has been a tireless supporter of veterans and veteran causes. So far I've heard hundreds of Missourians who have benefited and appreciate Ms. Emerson's efforts. What I've heard from Sowers and given the caliber of those who try to cover for him doesn't summon much encouragement. Keep on walking Sowers; keep in touch.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 5:09 AM

howdydoody.....oh to the contrary. I told him our conversation was over and he kept trying to tell me why my views were wrong. You are correct that if the poorest of the poor in our district voted that there would not be a Repulican in office, but really, do you want someone who cannot run their own households and manage their own finances choosing our representative?

Again I will not vote for Jo Ann Gladney (this woman will not take her current husband's name because it would be incovenient for her politically.) she did not speak against Obama's Healthcare bill on the floor of the House when it was being debated. Thus, the 8th district had no voice in Washington.

-- Posted by WisdomSeeker on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 7:32 AM

Pulling rank on a potential constituent with that "I'm a constitutional scholar" line is lame. And troubling. Is this another Democrat who plans to rule over us instead of for us, due to the fact that he claims to know more than we do?

-- Posted by hillbillyj on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 8:42 AM

I believe that Tommy Sowers has helped a lot of soldiers (who will become veterans) during his 11 years of service. He had 2 tours to Iraq and commanded troops. I read here that Joanne Emerson has helped veterans and should get credit. The issue here is that Joanne Emerson said she didn't think he has commanded anybody. If you are over 10 years old you know that's not true because everybody over a private commands someone. If she doesn't know it, she should not be voting on military issues. Saying she will let military leaders decide don't ask, don't tell is ducking the issue. Does she believe any group should be discriminated against? She voted against equal pay for women so I have to believe she will discriminate.

-- Posted by josietree on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 9:00 AM

I missed that one. I didn't know she voted against the equal pay for women. That's disgraceful. Maybe she needs to make less than her male co-horts in congress. I bet that would help change her mind. What in the world has she done that would be of any bnefit to the 8th district?

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 9:18 AM

It's true that Emerson voted 'no' on the Lily Ledbetter Act, along with virtually every other Republican in the House. Only 3 Republicans supported it. If you read the bill, you'll see that this legislation is more about adjusting the limits of an equal pay lawsuit than discrimination itself. Saying that "she voted against equal pay for women" is misleading.

-- Posted by hillbillyj on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 10:54 AM

I think that what we are witnessing is the advent of a career politician who has held office for a long time, and now finds herself in a most unfamiliar situation - Rep. Emerson has to actively campaign for her job for the first time ever.

She hasn't responded to the pension bailout bill sponsership issue very well (if at all; basically allowing the special interests to defend her position), and now this.

Sooner or later Rep. Emerson has a lot of explaining to do. Enjoy the show.

As for my position on Don't Ask Don't Tell - government creates chaos. Such are the moral hazards of a standing army.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Sun, May 30, 2010, at 6:07 PM


I think I will simply throw a party and sell maps to my house. That will keep the FCC out of it.

Actually, my committee is planning on throwing an event at Capaha Park for voters to hear the third party and indpendent candidates from around the district and state without noise from the Big Government Party in early October.

Maybe I can get some homebrewers that I know to set up a booth so that folks can sample their wares. Have a few local bands perform, hold a tricycle race (in leau of the Tour of Missouri), hand out some Stalin Awards, serve up some Donkey Dogs and Elephant burgers (they are both made of pork coincidently) and have some fun.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 9:28 PM

Tommy Sowers brags on his facebook page about liberal positions on health care and Don't Ask Don't Tell. Serioulsy, letting gays openly serve in the military. Who would support such a dummy, and why? Tommy Sowers is just as bad as Dorman Grace.

-- Posted by Dale Peterson on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 9:42 AM

As I've stated before, Sowers is an opportunist whose politics and economics are way to the left of the majority of voters in the 8th district.

We will not forget Sowers tacky campaign stop at Hickory Log where and when the Stoddard County Republican Club was meeting in April. The Stoddard County Women's Democrat Club was meeting at American Steak House at the same time. Why in this world did he and his driver stop by Hickory Log when his party was meeting elsewhere? Typical Democrat Party tacky campaign!

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 4:01 PM


He probably wanted to see what you two were doing.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 7:26 PM

howdydoody that is all too funny. Oh man. First why is gays serving openly in the military even an issue? Its not like they don't serve anyway. Heck, if you Repubs want to, just put all the gays in one huge battalion or regiment and then the straights or homophobes wouldn't have to worry about them any more. Or you could just put all the gays at the front of the line since most Repubs hate gays anyway. JoAnne Emerson only got elected beacuse of Bill and she has kept his last name ever since. Heck she's even got remarried since his death and hasn't changed his name because most people in this district are so illeterate that wouldn't know she used to be JoAnne Emerson. Apparently she is totally misinformed and I believe if your going to be in Congress you really need to know what you are talking about. I don't know how she missed that. And I am not voting for a Libertarion canidate because their idiologies are really far off (ie Ron and Rand Paul).

-- Posted by zalmanian on Tue, Jun 1, 2010, at 11:48 PM

Zalmanian, your grammar and speeling are atrocious! Not only that, but you are judgemental by saying, "most Repubs hate gays anyway". Hating a lifestyle is different than hating a person involved in that lifestyle. At any rate, we need Bob Parker!

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 4:09 PM

Swifty, if I may call you that, doesn't matter because I will anyway, I am a moderate. I do not agree with the lifestyle of homosexuality either but to say someone cannot serve this country because of said lifestyle is wrong and hurts our national security, especially since several high ranking members of our military have lost their careers because someone else outed them for being gay. Do you think its right Swifty? Do you think someone who has tried to keep his secret loose his job because of someone else? Well I do not, and yes I do believe most elected Repubs hate gays, not just their lifestyle. I don't know who we need in office but I can tell you, we do not need Jo Ann Emmerson.

-- Posted by zalmanian on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 3:16 PM

Oh and Swifty, I didn't make joke about the two people at the Repub Party party.....so if you're gonning to get mad, get mad at the person who made the joke. One last thing Swifty, which I like a lot better than just plain old Swift, that is such an old school name, Swifty sounds much better, a better ring to it, better flow....where was I going....oh yeah...the other night I was extremely tired when I posted my original comments, so please forgive all the awful grammar mistakes. I would realy apprechiate it.

-- Posted by zalmanian on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 3:34 PM

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