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Tommy Sowers Puts His Boots on the Ground Again

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Monday, June 28, 2010

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This July, Tommy Sowers will be continuing a project he began in January: Boots on the Ground.

Earlier this year, Tommy and his dog Chuck traveled around the twenty-eight counties of Missouri's Eighth District, spending a day and a night in each. Tommy also conducted "workdays", working side-by-side with residents of many of the counties: he was a teacher in one, a bartender in another and a chicken-fryer in another.

Sowers will be packing the truck and putting his boots on the ground again in July, spending a day in each of the twenty-eight counties of Missouri's Eighth. In addition to meetings with voters and more workdays, Sowers will be conducting Town Halls to discuss voter concerns and to answer their questions.

Said Sowers Campaign Manager Jonathan Feifs, "Boots on the Ground wasn't just a one-time event for Tommy, it's a guiding principle of his entire campaign. He's going to be out on the road in the as much as possible between now and Election Day. The call for new blood in Washington is resonating with the people of the district and our campaign is building a formidable organization to win in November."

Sowers, an 11-year Army Special Forces veteran, is running for Congress against incumbent Jo Ann Emerson, a former insurance lobbyist from Washington, DC. Tommy Sowers is the Democratic candidate for Missouri's 8th Congressional district and does not face opposition in the primary. Emerson will face a Republican primary challenger, cattle rancher Bob Parker, in August.

The county schedule for Sowers in the 8th District is as follows:

July

3 St Francois

5 Bollinger

6 Perry

7 Cape

8 Madison

9 Stoddard

10 Mississippi

11 Scott

12 New Madrid

13 Pemiscot

14 Dunklin

15 Butler

16 Oregon

17 Howell

18 Ozark

19 Shannon

20 Taney

21 Wright

22 Douglas

23 Texas

24 Phelps

25 Reynolds

26 Carter

27 Ripley

28 Wayne

29 Iron

30 Washington

31 Dent

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Seeing as how great the last boots on the ground went. http://www.mogop.org/2010/04/2128/

-- Posted by northside8 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 7:31 PM

Sowers Campaign Manager Jonathan Feifs: "it's a guiding principle of his entire campaign." Anybody know what other principles are guiding this campaign? (Other then being on the ground?)

Creating jobs with another Democratic stimulus bill?

Protecting gun rights with another liberal Supreme Court justice?

Cutting carbon dioxide with the Cap and Trade bill?

Supporting Obama's healthcare mandates?

-- Posted by everest on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 7:53 PM

"...Sowers will be conducting Town Halls to discuss voter concerns and to answer their questions."

show up, or shut up...

-- Posted by Remington on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 8:21 PM

Anybody who votes for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House will not get my vote.

-- Posted by Mr Goodtime on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 8:38 PM

Wonder who paid for his fancy truck to ride around in?

-- Posted by mynameismud on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 9:55 PM

He sure does have a pretty truck. All his friends in San Francisco and the Central West End of St. Louis really like how it shines.

-- Posted by mofreedom on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 10:27 PM

I'd like to see Mr. Sowers work in a vineyard on this trip. Judging by the comments here, there seem to be bushels of sour grapes in the district.

-- Posted by DCisnot4me on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 5:20 AM

Still wondering why Mr. Sowers left the Army after eleven years. I'd like to hear a clear statement from his campaign about that.

-- Posted by wbowen on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 6:16 AM

http://www.funmaps.com/index.cgi/nextSta...

Above is a link to gay bars in Washington DC. Scrolling through the list you will find Local 16 where Tommy had a fundraiser at the beginning of June. With all the places to host a fundraiser in DC I am left to wonder why Tommy choose a gay bar only days after he came out in support of the repeal of "Don't ask, Don't tell" allowing gays to serve openly in the military. It seems our Tommy Boy is an opportunist at every turn.

-- Posted by mofreedom on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 6:38 AM

We're offering an alternative choice to both parties. Take a look at at our search for solutions (and my stand on issues) in the 8th District:

http://larrybill.com/

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate for Congress, 8th District, Missouri

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 6:49 AM

Should he win the election, Sowers will follow the lead of every other elected official. He will do and vote as he is told by the party of which he/she is a member.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 10:34 AM

The day that every democratic member of congress stood up & appaluded the president of Mexico on the day he asked Arizonia to kill its upcoming law to stop the flow of ILLEGAL aliens is the day I decided I will not vote for any democrate this year, no matter what office they are seeking

-- Posted by vark on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 12:16 PM

"Should he win the election, Sowers will follow the lead of every other elected official. He will do and vote as he is told by the party of which he/she is a member."

FAIL!!

Tommy has no corporate ties. He is NO ONES RUBBER STAMP. Your claim is not backed up by evidence.

"Still wondering why Mr. Sowers left the Army after eleven years. I'd like to hear a clear statement from his campaign about that."

70,000 veterans in the district all of them aren't lifers. Are you questioning their service? What is the extent of your service?

"He sure does have a pretty truck. All his friends in San Francisco and the Central West End of St. Louis really like how it shines."

What about Emersons friends on K Street and $600,000 of PAC and LOBBY money? Your comment reeks of discrimination...a very Unamerican attitude.

"Wonder who paid for his fancy truck to ride around in?"

Officers in the US Army get a salary. Like everything else in his life HE WORKED IT! He didn't get it with LOBBY money!

"Protecting gun rights with another liberal Supreme Court justice?"

1. He is a gun owner and hunter

2. Calling the Roberts court liberal is like calling Dick Cheney a Greenpeace member

"Anybody who votes for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House will not get my vote."

Tommy has never been a registered voter in California...FAIL! You can do better than that!

"...he came out in support of the repeal of "Don't ask, Don't tell" allowing gays to serve openly in the military."

104 retired military officers against DADT

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/17/d...

Tommy is not in favor of discriminating against ANY American citizen...especially those that serve with conviction and honor. Having to lie about who you are goes against the HONOR CODE all servicemen and women live by.

I think I responded to all the FAIL comments!

-- Posted by Markham on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 2:22 PM

Markham:

Since you are not aware...

If Tommy were elected to Congress he would be a member of the Democratic Caucus. Democrats are in control of the Congress. The party in control of Congress elects the Speaker from amoung their rank and file members. As a member of the Democratic Caucus, Tommy would vote for a fellow caucus member to be the Speaker.

Thats how a Speaker is elected and that is why Tommy would vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.

If you have any other questions about the way the Congress works, I suggest you go to:

http://www.house.gov/

-- Posted by mofreedom on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 3:26 PM

If elected, Sowers will do as he is told by his chosen party. He does have corporate ties....the Democratic Party. Politicians join political parties for one reason, the party's influence and money. The Party expects and demands of it's members to repay the party with their loyalty. If elected, his party will demand that he cast his vote for Nancy P. for Speaker of the House. This, Sowers will do, as he will do with anything else his party tells him to do.

Wash DC politics is a game, and that's the way the game is played. To retain his power in DC (if elected), Sowers will play the game.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 3:29 PM

Markham: Sowers supports the Health Care bill which clearly most of the 8th district is against. How is THAT representing the views of the 8th district?

-- Posted by WisdomSeeker on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 5:32 PM

http://electbobparker.com/news/

-- Posted by WisdomSeeker on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 5:34 PM

"Still wondering why Mr. Sowers left the Army after eleven years. I'd like to hear a clear statement from his campaign about that."

"70,000 veterans in the district all of them aren't lifers. Are you questioning their service? What is the extent of your service?"

Hey clown, obviously wbowen is not questioning the service of the veterans in this district and the extent of wbowen's service has squat to do with anything.

Quite frankly I'm wondering why Mr. Sowers left the military also. Thirteen years of commissioned service and I still haven't met a field grade officer that was leaving, on good terms, prior to completing 20 years of service. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, I'm saying it doesn't happen often.

"104 retired military officers against DADT"

Wow! 104 out of 100,000 retired military officers. Now 100,000 is just a guess but clearly Mr. Sowers does not share the values of 95% of the officer corps

-- Posted by cptfa on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 6:30 PM

Markham

Since you asked, I have 20+ years of service in the Army Reserve, including tours in Iraq and Bosnia, and time as a company and battalion commander. My question is legitimate; I am sure Mr. Sowers had good grounds to leave, and I would like to hear them. Officers resign their commissions or transfer to the reserves or National Guard for personal, financial, or family reasons, or if their careers dead end in the military. Since most officers who make it past 10 years in uniform stay until they are eligible for retirement, I am curious. As he has made his career a key selling point in his campaign, he should provide us with a more complete Army biography, perhaps including officer evaluations. He won two Bronze Stars, as he never fails to point out. I am sure providing more information about his career, and why it ended, would help his campaign.

-- Posted by wbowen on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 2:23 AM

@mofreedom

"If you have any other questions about the way the Congress works, I suggest you go to..."

I got an A in my "Congressional Politics" class last semester! Not bad for an old man, heh?

Oh by the way, you seem to know what Tommy will do before he is even elected. We have seen first hand what Emerson has done. FAIL!

@DTower

"To retain his power in DC (if elected), Sowers will play the game."

He isn't playing the game now why should he play it in the future? He isn't anyone's rubber stamp (Emerson was Bush's rubber stamp and that worked out SO well). He doesn't take corporate money (Emerson has taken over $600,000). Emerson is a living, breathing, entrenched and gold plated example of THE GAME!

@wbowen

Thank you for a respectful reply and your service! If you go to Tommy's website there are some video interviews in which Tommy very clearly explains his career path. He is all about SERVICE and SUCCESS! If I had a Masters for LSE in Public Policy I would use it! Mine will come from SLU!

@Wisdomseeker

"Sowers supports the Health Care bill which clearly most of the 8th district is against. How is THAT representing the views of the 8th district?"

Tommy supports Health Insurance Reform. So do most Southeast Missourians. Our system is BROKEN and the GOP have done nothing to fix it. Roy Blunt was in charge of the GOP Health Care Working Group and presented nothing. Nothing. The current bill is a train wreck and everyone knows it. It's a wreck because of special interest and lobbyists. But it was a first step and it will take people like Tommy who don't work for special interest to FIX IT and make it work for everyone.

@cptfa

"Wow! 104 out of 100,000 retired military officers. Now 100,000 is just a guess but clearly Mr. Sowers does not share the values of 95% of the officer corps"

Just a guess...good research! FAIL!!

I am sure that in 1950 a large percentage of the officer corps SAID they were against integrating the Armed Forces. Many SAID it would destroy our military. You obviously approve of discrimination. How much discrimination are you willing to support? Segregated schools? Where do you draw the line?

With the exception of wbowen, the above posts sound shrill, fearful and anxious. They are laced with intolerance, they show a lack of critical thinking, they resonate with a need to bash a man who has succeeded in everything he has ever tried. He will succeed in this campaign and he will succeed in representing this district.

Sending the same people to DC year after year and expecting a different result is crazy!

Tommy is going to win and the working families of the 8th district will win. Write that down!

-- Posted by Markham on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 5:25 AM

Markham, All your comments are just swaying my vote away from Tommy Sowers. I am a Veteran of 20 years of active duty service. I was in the trenches as an enlisted. Most officers are silver spooned who are use to taking credit for others work. That is an honest question of why he would leave the Military after 11 years.

This boot on the ground campaign spending one day in each spot. I have an ideal try and make it with a limited income with two young mouths to feed. I don't think he has ever been in a situation of despair and wonder where his next meal was coming from. It bugs me that someone thinks they are living like poor folk because they play like one for a day or two. I have been a situation of not eating so my Kids would have enough to eat. This was even after I retired. Living off retirement which is only a fraction of what I made while active duty. half went to rent the other half was for food and utilities. It took 14 months for my Veterans disability to come through and it was grossly underrated. It has taken me five years fighting with the VA to get close to what I deserve.

-- Posted by ATHRUZ on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 7:32 AM

"I am sure that in 1950 a large percentage of the officer corps SAID they were against integrating the Armed Forces. Many SAID it would destroy our military. You obviously approve of discrimination. How much discrimination are you willing to support? Segregated schools? Where do you draw the line?"

Equate homosexuality with race, good one clown, good one.

Markham, I'm sure your efforts are well intentioned but I don't think you are helping Tommy's cause. Just saying.

-- Posted by cptfa on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 11:08 AM

Tommy didn't help his cause when he wedded himself to one of the two useless, corrupt, and self-serving political parties.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 1:37 PM

News flash!!!!

Markham got an "A" in government! That made me laugh out loud! If I ever need a good laugh I just read some of Markham's posts!

-- Posted by mofreedom on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 11:36 PM

Sowers DC event is part of in an interview on CBN, the Christian Broadcasting Network.

If you were unable to attend or haven't been to your nation's capital in a while, you might witness a thriving metropolis full of hardworking souls trying to make our country a better place to live---regardless of party.

In the video, you'll notice the crowd appears less salacious than the rumors would attest. I encourage Josh Bill and Mofreedom(sic) to get out more often.

Link to CBN interview with Sowers: http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnnewsplayer/c...

-- Posted by eFerrell on Thu, Jul 1, 2010, at 10:58 PM

Sowers is pro abortion rights (the right to murder the unborn).

Sowers is pro homosexual rights.

Sowers is pro obamanomics, the antithesis of Reaganomics. Obamanomics is out right marxism.

Sowers is pro one world government.

Sowers will be here in Stoddard County tomorrow, while most of us are at work. No, I won't be at his stupid townhall meeting.

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 5:40 PM

Tommy is very pro-life, and his meeting will be in the evening, when most working people have finished working for the day.

-- Posted by Ryan_Nely on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 10:25 PM


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