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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

At 5:30 PM today Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson is scheduled to hold a "Missouri Barbeque" fundraiser at a location registered to a lobbying firm in Washington, DC. The minimum contribution to have barbeque with Congresswoman Emerson is $1,000. The invitation to the fundraiser can be found here: http://politicalpartytime.org/party/2336...

Sowers for Congress Campaign Manager Jonathan Feifs issued the following statement:

"Is it supposed to be humorous that Congresswoman Emerson is serving pork to lobbyists for $1000 a plate? It doesn't get more out of touch than this. It is no surprise voters are incredibly frustrated and disappointed in incumbents like Emerson. When the DC special interests are being served pork on a silver platter, it's clear whose interests are being served, and it's not the small businesses and small towns Emerson claims to represent.

"This behavior represents everything that is wrong with our politics today. It is going to take new blood to change Washington, and that's Tommy Sowers, a veteran who is in this race to serve the people of his home, not the DC special interests."

Like Emerson, Tommy Sowers will be holding a Missouri Barbeque at 5:30 PM today. However, Sowers' barbeque event is not a fundraiser and it will take place in Rolla, MO at Johnny's Pit Barbeque instead of in Washington, DC. Members of the community are invited to join Tommy for barbeque and discussion.

Tommy Sowers released an ad this week that highlights Emerson's ties to special interests in DC, which include taking 45% of her campaign contributions from special interest PACs. The ad, entitled "Horse Manure," can be viewed here: http://www.sowersforcongress.com/videos

Tommy Sowers, a native of Rolla and an 11-year Army Special Forces veteran who served two tours in Iraq, is running for Congress in Missouri's 8th District against incumbent Jo Ann Emerson, a former insurance lobbyist and native of the Washington, DC beltway.

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I don't care what party you're from. We can't be having the lobbyists own this country.

-- Posted by Bootheelbabe on Wed, Sep 29, 2010, at 11:44 AM

So I'm curious. Did Tommy serve tofu burgers at his California fundraisers?

-- Posted by Requested1 on Wed, Sep 29, 2010, at 12:12 PM

Why do Hollywood elites like Tommy Sowers? He wants to stop "Dont ask don't tell"? He supports the $500 billion in medicare cuts for seniors and govt funded abortions (in the health care bill that he supports) I don't want a liberal, hollywood loving rep in the house for me. Do you want to continue Obamas policies?

-- Posted by Dug on Wed, Sep 29, 2010, at 12:31 PM

This election is about our district, not Obama, not Pelosi, not Boehner, not McConnell. Our district has gotten consistently poorer as Emerson has served. We've gone from the 12th to the 8th poorest, and that has included years when Democrats *and* Republicans both controlled Congress and the White House. Enough is enough.

-- Posted by Ryan_Nely on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 12:31 AM

Looks like the media is not encouraging anyone to think about any of the really vital ideas in this race, as in so many other races. Some of those ideas would include, "What is the role of the federal government?" "Where is wealth created?" "Should we have a central bank? (the Founders and their successors were consumed with interest on this one, and fought over it all the time.)"

But no, let's not think about any ideas! Leave that to the "experts". Just keep carping about some really irrelevant garbage about "he said, she said," and keep the public ignorant at all costs. Quick, create a diversion!

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 6:12 AM

The real question is not the source of campaign contributions, but rather the course on which this nation will be placed in future years. Lets have a serious debate.

-- Posted by VIKED on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 8:58 AM

Ryan -- there isn't a thing Emerson or Sowers can do for "our" district without Pelosi, Obama and Reids approval.

So you really believe that the conditions in SE Missouri are because of Joanne Emerson? Really? Wow. So reps can just write checks out of their offices with federal money and no approval? News flash -- the entire country is in trouble not just our district. Sowers support of Obama will only make the country worse.

McDonalds announced today they are going to drop their "mini-med" insurance plans for employees because of the health care bill that Sowers supports! This is only the beginning...

-- Posted by Dug on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 10:11 AM

News flash Dug -

"Media reports stating that we plan to drop health care coverage for our employees are completely false," said Steve Russell, a senior vice president and head of human resources for McDonald's, in a written response to the article. "These reports are purely speculative and misleading."


Your previous comments are just more examples of ILL-INFORMED rumor spreading that does absolutely nothing to help the people of MO's 8th District or the state, or this entire country!

Why would anyone NOT hold Emerson accountable for what she is doing or not doing for the people of Missouri's 8th district? That is her JOB. If she can't build relationships and work with Congress to serve the state she represents then she needs to GO.

-- Posted by MO1972 on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 10:45 AM

News flash "MO" - thanks for the link. Despite your spin on this, McDonalds is asking for an exemption to the law that Sowers supports. Read the entire article, not the headline.

I do hold Emerson accountable and appreciate her efforts to hold drug companies liable. I also appreciate that she voted AGAINST the health care nightmare that SOWERS SUPPORTS. It't that bill, along with the stimulus that is killing this country's future. THANK YOU Joanne for voting against the Obama, Pelosi, Reid (and Sowers) tax and spend agenda.

Democrats didn't even vote on a budget this year and left congress with tax INCREASES pending. I want Emerson to fight those. Sowers is another democrat and we don't need that in Washington right now.

The problem with you is you worship people and really, really believe that an entire group of people (SEMO) should be "ruled" by a representative to pour "free" money into our pockets. Wake up. Most people need the government out of their way, not paying their way.

You NEVER talk about Sowers support of this $trillion PLUS health care bill that will kill our childrens future. OR that fact that the bill, in it's current form, has government paid abortions in it. Tommy is for this. Talk issues, not your party talking points.

-- Posted by Dug on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 11:24 AM


It's pretty simple. Do you agree with Emerson's voting record and legislation introduced? Do you think Tommy Sowers will vote and introduce legislation with which you agree?

1. Answer question for yourself

2. Vote

-- Posted by bebo on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 4:12 PM

bebo -- perfect! Couldn't have said it better!

-- Posted by Dug on Thu, Sep 30, 2010, at 5:17 PM

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