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Congressional candidate Parker visits Cape Girardeau

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Congressional candidate Bob Parker of Raymondville, Mo., talks with supporters Sally Bohn and Trent Howell during an ice cream social Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Cape Girardeau. Parker will face U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.
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Bob Parker knows he's not going to outraise her. So he plans to outwork her.

The Texas County farmer was in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, again attacking U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's conservative credentials in his second attempt to unseat the 16-year incumbent Republican.

"We're running a ground game," Parker said Tuesday at a two-hour ice cream social where at least 20 people initially showed up. "That's the only way that I know how to do it with the resources I have. I know when I first ran there was no way I could compete with Mrs. Emerson."

Parker will face Emerson in the GOP primary Aug. 7. The winner there will face Democratic candidate Jack Rushin of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Libertarian Rick Vandeven of Chaffee, Mo., in the Nov. 6 general election. Former candidate Todd Mahn of Jefferson County, who filed earlier this year as a Democrat, has since dropped out.

Just as he did in 2010 -- when Emerson won in the primary with 65.6 percent of the vote -- Parker again attacked her votes in favor of a $700 billion bank bailout and the Cash for Clunkers automobile sales incentive. He also questioned her votes to fund embryonic stem-cell research -- which he said Tuesday flies in the face of pro-life beliefs.

He also said that the federal deficit has grown exponentially.

"She's been in there 16 years and we're nearly $16 trillion in debt now and no end in sight," Parker said. "Last year, she voted to raise the debt ceiling again. As a true conservative, I think we need to be demanding real cuts. True conservatives believe the role of government is supposed to be limited."

Requests to Emerson's campaign seeking comment were declined.

Parker said he's racking up countless miles across the 8th District's 22 counties on a shoestring budget. Volunteers are going door to door. He's attending rallies, parades and other events to get his message out.

"I found that when people see the differences and understand the record, they support me," Parker said.

All of the remaining candidates acknowledged it was an uphill climb -- at least in the fundraising category. According to the most recent campaign finance report filing with the Federal Election Commission, Emerson had almost $250,000 cash on hand and the rest had almost nothing by comparison. Parker reported that, through March 31, he had $2,690 cash on hand and $6,878 in debt. Rushin, a chiropractor from Poplar Bluff and Vandeven, who works at Procter & Gamble, reported no contributions so far.

But Rushin, the lone Democrat standing with Mahn's departure, said he filed for office too late to make that filing deadline and has amassed "several thousand dollars" and will be required to file at the end of the quarter. Rushin favors a fair-tax proposal for the federal government that would replace all federal taxes on personal and corporate income with a single consumption tax on retail sales.

For his part, Rushin said he was disappointed that Mahn, who owns funeral homes in Jefferson County, dropped out of the race.

"On one hand, if you want to run, you'd like to be unopposed," Rushin said. "On the other, it would have been good for the accumulation of dialogue. I think it's a little more of a loss than a gain."

Vandeven said he wants to accomplish the same thing this time as he did when he ran for the 8th District seat two years ago -- giving voters a choice.

"I look at myself as giving a voice to the people who don't fit in to the pigeonhole of the Republican or Democratic Party," Vandeven said. "That's really what I'm there for. We're socially liberal and fiscally conservative. There's people out there that need somebody to vote for that understands what it takes to get us out of that fiscal mess."

While any of the challengers' chances at beating Emerson are uncertain, those at Parker's event say they hope he does it.

Cape Girardeau resident Wendy Flynn, who hosted Tuesday's event, said she is impressed with Parker's platform and his demeanor. She agreed with Parker that Emerson has a less conservative voting record than Parker would have.

"I'm sure she's a fine lady ... but her voting record is actually more liberal than some of the conservatives," Flynn said. "To each their own, and my own is conservative."



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Impressed with Parker's demeanor? He is abrasive and crude. When called out on specific lies about Jo Ann he heckled the Emerson staffer trying to bring honesty to the race. No wonder only 20 showed up.

-- Posted by t partier on Tue, Jun 5, 2012, at 8:45 PM

Can you imagine this buffoon representing us in Congress??? Yeah, me neither. Time for Bob to go home and stop yelling at people.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Tue, Jun 5, 2012, at 10:04 PM

Funny how the same people always show up to bad mouth this good man. Bob Parker doesn't come across as angry. He tries to get the truth out about a powerful big government incumbent that has a much stronger machine than him. It's obvious to anyone that looks into her record that Jo Ann is not what most people in SE Missouri think she is. She's not conservative, she's not from Missouri, and the list goes on.

It's not fun for me to make the decision to campaign against a candidate that I used to donate a lot of time to buy the truth won out and my efforts have moved to helping Mr. Parker get elected.

BTW, I can think of 25 people at this event that I personally knew and there were probably at least twice that many.

-- Posted by RightWing on Tue, Jun 5, 2012, at 10:49 PM

"Requests to Emerson's campaign seeking comment were declined."

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 12:10 AM

I attended the "come and go" ice cream social event this evening, and there were approximately 25 people present at the time the Southeast Missourian interviews were done. However, Bob Parker was scheduled to speak at 7:00 p.m., and at that time there were 62 people present. Bob Parker's campaign is based on truth, committment to the 8th district, and love for our country. It is evident that the opposition is steadily growing more and more concerned, therefore they are now accusing Bob of being abrasive, yelling, and telling lies and attacking MS Emerson's paid speakers. The fact is, MS Emerson's voting record clearly proves that she is no longer conservative, and it is easier to attack Bob Parker than to have people look at her record. The majority of Emerson's supporters have verbally stated that they must support her because she has done favors for them. Favors in exchange for votes have proven far too costly for our 8th district. Parker's support is coming from true conservatives and those who are disgusted with Emerson's voting record. As our congresswoman, paid by the people, I would like to see a public debate between Emerson and Parker, but after many requests, she continues to decline. Accusing Bob Parker of yelling and telling lies, MS Emerson?? Debate him! Let the truth come out. Let the voters decide.

-- Posted by conservative4real on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:20 AM

Anyone who has a chance to get the "do nothing" Jo Ann out of office, gets my vote.

-- Posted by truthdetector on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 6:15 AM

Bob may appear to be a diamond in the rough to some but he's a good, strong Conservative. He works hard & is a fighter for liberty. I used to be a strong Emerson supporter but not any more. She's been there too long & hasn't fought hard enough to stop this mess. Since she's not been part of the solution that can only mean she's part of the problem.

-- Posted by Lettie on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 7:19 AM

MR Parker's campaign is broke--more in debts than cash hand. Doesn't sound conservative to me.

-- Posted by VIKED on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 7:26 AM

Impressed with Parker's demeanor? He is abrasive and crude. When called out on specific lies about Jo Ann he heckled the Emerson staffer trying to bring honesty to the race. No wonder only 20 showed up.

And this is respectful?

I was not impressed with the article that Scott Moyers did. If you noticed, he stayed less than an hour. And more people showed up later. The crowd was over 60 people. That is a typical way that the liberal media covers the opposition. Only half the story and the one that they want the common people who are not informed to know.

I used to be an Emerson supporter. She has changed. Her voting record in Congress has become more and more liberal over the years. It is a shame that she has become a RINO- republican in name only.

-- Posted by shortcakesandy1 on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 7:40 AM

I noticed, as did others that the top of this thread the Emerson Campaign chooses to chime in even though when officially asked by the Missourian they "declined" comment. It seems they are very worried about loosing their over paid jobs, and they should be. See how much of your tax money has gone to pay these jokers to surf the net in an effort to ridicule opponents and defend a horrible Non-Conservative and RINO voting Record that Mrs. Emerson has amassed...


As for the so called "heckling" of the Emerson Staffer, Darren Lingle, He Called Bob Parker a Liar in Public at a Lincoln Day event in Farmington.

It is well documented and witnessed. There are plenty of videos that document this event. Darren Lingle's remarks and Mr. Parker's response to Lingle's outrageous accusations and attempt again to spin like the devil to protect his Job. You can see these videos here for yourselves and judge for yourself who is lying and who is telling the documented truth...


The Facts are the Emerson Campaign is denying the voters of the 8th District their Right to make an informed Choice. A Primary Debate would settle these questions and bring the truth to light where it belongs. As in this article though I am sure they will "decline" comment because they can in no way address or defend just how out of touch Mrs. Emerson has become to our district and the horrible decisions she has made on our behalf in Washington DC.

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 8:09 AM

He is really building up steam with only 20 people there. People need to really look at what he is saying about Jo Ann Emerson. Bob doesn't even understand how legislation works. He thinks he would just go up there and tell everyone else what he wants to do. When you have 434 other people that believe their way is the best way you have alot of work to do to come to some type of agreement.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 8:39 AM

Probably the reason they will not comment is that Bob's campaign is such a joke they don't want to waste their time.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 8:46 AM

"As for the so called "heckling" of the Emerson Staffer, Darren Lingle, He Called Bob Parker a Liar in Public at a Lincoln Day event in Farmington"

I was at the Lincoln Day picnic in Farmington. While Lingle was speaking, Bob did not say a single word, and did not "heckle" Lingle in any way. As Lingle was speaking, a couple of people in the crowd demanded that he name which issues Lingle said were untrue, but it was a minor interruption.

When it came time for Bob to speak, he conducted himself in a courteous and polite manner in spite of having just been called a liar by one of Emerson's employees. Instead of responding to Lingle's despicable conduct, he simply told people to check the facts themselves, that there were plenty of videos and documentation to verify his positions.

Time to update your resume, Lingle.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 8:56 AM

Lewis56usa-I don't think the Emerson staff need to update their resume's just yet. I have seen Bob speak in the past and he has attacked Mrs. Emerson and gets loud and out of control at times. So why is it right for Bob to do it and Emerson Staff can't

-- Posted by Tom B. on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 9:18 AM

Apparently it is worth "wasting your time" Tom but all people need to do is check the record for themselves and where both candidates stand on the issues facing our nation and our district.

I don't know or understand how anyone here in Southern Missouri can support Mrs. Emerson after examining her liberal non-conservative voting record but everyone has that right.

People can go to the following videos to see just how Mrs. Emerson has been representing you over the last 16 years...



Once people see the Truth of Mrs. Emerson's record, and they are every day, I highly doubt her Campaign and Staff will be laughing when the voters send her packing in the Primary Election

On August 7th

The people in the district are rising up and learning what Mrs. Emerson and her cohorts in Washington have been doing and when fully informed they will do the right thing and vote out her and all the other RINOS like her in the Primaries.

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 9:20 AM

I find it ironic that a lot of people here standing up for Emerson are probably among the majority of us that believe in term limits. She has been given numerous chances to get things back on track, yet she continues to vote where the money is rather than representing the people who elected her.

I met Mr. Parker in Sikeston and I was impressed with what he had to say and his push for a return to fiscally conservative values.

Come on Mrs. Emerson, I gave you my vote. Now return the favor and give me the debate we want to see and let us make up our own minds.

-- Posted by g-mac on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 9:45 AM

There were sixty-five people at the event, and the statement should have been "more liberal than some of the Democrats." Bob's demeanor is fantastic. When the paid Emerson staffer vehemently and emotionally accused Bob on many counts, Bob collectively and rationally responded to those accusations and encouraged voters NOT to just take his word for it, but to check it out for themselves. I have, and the paid staffer spoke out of line or was simply incorrect. I have researched both of these candidates extensively, and Bob is a true conservative. When examining a plot graph of representatives' voting histories, Joann Emerson's record was statistically more liberal than at least one of the Democrat's. To echo Bob, check it out for yourself. You'll likely be surprised. Veterans, check out her NDAA vote, wherein she deemed it fine to detain American citizens on American soil indefinitely and without due process. Teachers, Emerson has done nothing to put No Child Left Behind to rest. Small business owners, doesn't it stink to try to work hard enough to turn a profit, while Emerson's helping the government pass out your tax money to failing big businesses? I urge you just to look at Emerson's record and decide if that's really who you want to keep representing you.

-- Posted by just_another_voice on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 11:17 AM

Zzzzzz time for liberal JoAnn to get back to her knitting. JoAnn has no passion like Bob does. Did JoAnn ever have any passion for the position? I don't know and can't remember. Politicians are like fish, they really do start stinking the longer they stick around.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 11:28 AM

"again attacking" is apparently an apt description of this candidate. Seems it'd actually be news if he put forward a positive message or a vision for the future of the region and nation.

Every issue on Parker's website is defined by his opposition to emerson's vote; like votes keeping the government functioning, funding the troops or not allowing the nation to default.

This is what I want to know: what would Mr. Parker do if he was sent to Congress? What laws would he introduce? Who would he work with? How would he advance the needs of the district?

If anyone knows where i can learn about these positions and goals once Parker is elected, please let me know. (And I can't watch hours of youtube video, I'd prefer to read...)

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 12:27 PM

To SamTheEagle... please encourage a debate between Parker and Emerson. This will give all voters the opportunity to hear the voting record of Jo Ann Emerson (and let her respond to why she voted how she has), and give Bob Parker a forum to explain (face to face) what his plans are. Parker is willing, but Emerson continues to decline.

-- Posted by conservative4real on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 12:52 PM

As for Bob Parker's campaign being broke, at least he can't be accused of being bought with special interest dollars. His campaign is moving forward by concerned voters in the 8th district. Bob pays nobody to work for him, or to attend events, or to post signs for him, or anything else. He is fully supported by voters who are willing to spend their own time and money to get him elected. We are concerned citizens at work! We believe that the power of the people must choose who represents us in Congress, and not money from special interest groups looking for a return of favors.

-- Posted by conservative4real on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:01 PM

You Bob lovers know nothing about what the real world is like. It is fun to sit in your small little world and condemn someone when you have no idea how government works.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:09 PM

Thanks for the suggestion conservative4real. I think a debate would be interesting. However, I didn't think Mr. Parker would want to wait for a debate to put forward his positions and priorities if elected.

And I personally, would not want to debate someone who has no priorities or positions. All they would do is attack. And that is not a debate, but a trial. Who would want to subject themselves to a trial?

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:12 PM

MS Emerson's positions have been known for years. With the exception of the NDAA vote (on which I strongly disagree with Parker's refusal to fund our troops), his other complaints all deal with votes MS Emerson took years ago (certainly before 2010 when he barely got 1/3 of the vote). MR Parker's has no positive ideas (how will he balance the budget without touching social security and medicare). He opposes increases to tax rates, and yet will not increase the debt ceiling. In other words, he would renege on the government's already made commitments and create a false financial crisis. He opposes the auto industry, opposes pension reform supported by Procter and Gamble, Schnucks and other large private sector employers. He cannot manage the finances of his own campaign and admits he was in dire financial straits in the 1980s, when Reagan was President. He offers nothing positive and his personal management of his own finances is unimpressive. There is nothing to debate.

-- Posted by VIKED on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:31 PM

I also attended the ice cream social last night and there were at least 60 people there around 7pm. Mr. Parker has the right message for conservatives. I have always supported Mrs. Emerson in the past but find her Union voting record disturbing (maybe because she is married to a Democrat Union Attorney), much less the votes she has made to curtail freedoms for all Americans. When people find out the truth about Mrs. Emersons votes, they normally become a Parker supporter on the spot.

-- Posted by semoconservative on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:34 PM

Sounds like the same math "expert" handles Bob's money also handles his grassroots organization... "Parker said he's racking up countless miles across the 8th District's 22 counties on a shoestring budget. Volunteers are going door to door. He's attending rallies, parades and other events to get his message out." Uhhhh, I think there are now 30 counties in the 8th Bob, not 22.

-- Posted by workerdignity on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:34 PM

I didn't know who MS Emerson was married to. I also don't know what that has to do, if true, with her performance in office. Doesn't our Congressman have the obligation to represent everyone in the district, both Union and non-Union? You certainly aren't saying Bob would only respresent those with views identical to his, are you, semoconservative?

-- Posted by VIKED on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 1:46 PM

oh man, the morons really came out in force to support Bobby Boy.

Seriously, can you imagine him representing you in Congress?

What a waste of time...

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 3:29 PM

Viked--That is sure what it sounds like to me. I don't how many times Parker is pound on his drum about the vote that never happened in the house. I bet if he just supported those who believed as him he would not get re-elected by those 20 people that showed up at his ice cream social as they seem to be the only ones that BELIEVE.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 3:30 PM

The Fact that Mrs. Emerson has been married to a former registered Union Lobbyist and currently a Democratic Power Broker and Attorney that represents numerous Unions both nationally and in the State for the Last 12 years is highly documented.

As to what that has to do with Mrs. Emerson's performance... Take a look at the FEC documented donations to Mrs. Emerson's campaign. You will find that Unions that her husband represents and Lobbyists are at the top of the list. Here is the link if you need it.


The Fact that Mrs. Emerson is one of only 9 House Republicans, so called, to Cosponsor a Union Pension fund bailout to put their losses on the backs of Private Taxpayers which if passed will cost an Estimated 165 Billion dollars is very convenient when considering where her campaign financing comes from.

Not to mention she supports Union only contract bidding for Government Contract work. Again not very Republican of her.

Most of these questions and many others related to Mrs. Emerson's Non Republican and anti Conservative voting record could easily be addressed with a Primary Debate. Bob Parker would also be able to explain how he would address the problems our nation and district are facing in that type of venue.

The Emerson campaign will continue to run from her record and a Primary debate denying the voters an opportunity to make an informed choice. While that still remains the case you can see where Bob Parker stands on the issues and what he intends to work towards when elected in the Primary on

August 7th Election you can go to his website at


You can see videos of Bob Parker from around the district by doing a simple Youtube search for him

You can see what Mrs. Emerson has been up to and just how disconnected she is from her Conservative Republican constituents by going to this link


While Mrs. Emerson continues to send out her Tax Payer funded staffers to call Bob Parker a Liar while at the same time refusing to conduct publicized Town Halls or a Primary Debate, the voters will continue to be awakened to her actions and her atrocious record and they will unseat this 16 year incumbent on the day of the

Primary election on August 7th

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 3:50 PM

Keep spouting that BS ddshea!

don't actually answer anyone's questions!

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 3:53 PM

Bob Parker is a good man and would make a good congressman that actually lives in the district he would represent if elected, that is a change by itself we haven't seen that for years now our rep actually living in the same district and not in St Louis. Bob runs a grass roots campaign he don't have much money but you know the common people are tired of these career politicians of both parties that accumilate a campaign war chest and only show up at election time. The 8th congressional district is the 11th poorest district in the country been that way for years now we can do better than that and I strongly believe Bob will work hard to improve that standing and represent all the people and not just a select few.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 4:23 PM

It seems you consider facts and easily researched matters of Voting and campaign finance Records BS.

Maybe you should go back to school schoolhouserock and educate yourself on facts instead of rhetoric and immature ranting.

The only questions that require answering are those related to Mrs. Emerson's non Republican non conservative and Anti Constitutional Voting record.

All of which could easily be addressed at a well publicized Before the fact, Town Hall and a Primary debate. I don't blame her from running from her record and well known ties to Unions, Lobbyists, and Democrats like her Husband who donated the Maximum to Barrack Obama's Campaign.

Mrs. Emerson's personal donation to the reelection campaign of DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democrat out of Florida must also be hard to live down.

If anyone else had a record as horrible and Non Republican as Mrs. Emerson has I'm sure they'd run from well in advanced publicized town Halls and Primary debates as well. That's OK though, even with Mrs. Emerson's total disrespect and disdain for the voting public by her continued denial of a Primary debate the word has been and will continue to be put out about her record


The voter's will be allowed, despite Mrs. Emerson's attempts to hide it, a chance to examine just how far she's strayed from the values and the beliefs of those here that live and work in the district. Mrs. Emerson will hear the voice of the People loud and clear on

August 7th's Primary Election

The People have had enough of her Liberal Big Government ways.

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 4:33 PM

schoolhouserock -

Would you humor me and tell me what your real motive is here? Everything that ddshea said is true, documented, and well said. Why would you call it BS? What makes you so willing to throw out the facts and support this politician?

-- Posted by RightWing on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 4:43 PM


NDAA is nothing more than funding the troops right?

That's what they want you to think.

-- Posted by RightWing on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 4:48 PM

I'll never vote for JoAnn again. Mr. Parker will have a tough fight since she gets so many of the bootheel Dems because of farm subsides (welfare)


Missouri is 12th, and if you click on the link, if I'm not mistaken, they are all in her district. Just sayin'...

-- Posted by Tax__Payer on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 5:13 PM

I think it would be a good service to the voters for The Incumbent to debate Mr. Parker.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 5:20 PM

My motive is to point out how dumb you people are for thinking Bob Parker could accomplish ANYTHING in Congress. Hell, I bet he doesn't even know how a bill becomes a law and they teach you that in kindergarten when you watch school house rock before nap time.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 6:08 PM

I'm sure your motives are monetarily tied in some form or another to the Emerson gravy train school house, more than likely one of the over 20 Tax Payer staffers Mrs. Emerson has on hand. You can see why School House would be upset by looking at how much of your tax dollars go towards funding her over bloated over paid staff by going to this link


A few of these jokers make well over 100,000 a year to surf the net and to belittle anyone who dares criticize Mrs. Emerson's highly controversial and very RINO voting record.

All you have to do is go to the search box on the SE Missourian Homepage and search either Emerson or Bob Parker and you'll see the same cast of characters up to their juvenile antics attacking and belittling Bob Parker and defending Mrs. Emerson. Not too hard to figure out just how terrified they are that Mrs. Emerson is being exposed for the complete and utter RINO she has become...

Do your own research all the information is out there and readily available via simple internet searches. You can watch any of these videos and research the statements made in them for yourselves and see whom you believe.


Enjoy your last few months in office RINO Jo and overpaid staff. The people are sending your pink slips the day of the

Primary election on August 7th

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 6:24 PM

not a staffer of anyone, but thanks for thinking I could make 100K+ a year.

i'm sure your motives are entirely tied to pure insanity...but no one really reads what you say on here anyway. just a bunch of BS from Texas County.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 7:29 PM

For anyone who doubts this joker isn't affiliated in one way or another to the tax payer funded trough Mrs. Emerson has let him suckle from for goodness knows how long here is a link to a search that has his login name coupled with the Missourian and you can see how this joker pops up everywhere Mrs. Emerson is mentioned. Nice try Schoolhouse but you are as transparent as a newly installed window freshly windexed...


See what's upsetting this Emerson's suckling by looking at the evidence and videos he doesn't want you to see


Do your own research and examine the record for yourselves and vote your conscience in the

Primary election on August 7th

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 7:53 PM

Oh and "schoolhouse" about the only thing you seem capable of is "making" is a spectacle of yourself. You do it with every comment you post.

What a sad person you must be. I pray you find some sort of peace in your life and a worthy goal to pursue instead of your feeble attempts to ridicule a Good Man that only wants to participate in restoring our Nation to the Principles upon which it was founded. That would not be necessary had Mrs. Emerson only upheld her Oath of office instead of selling out to Unions, Lobbyists, and Special interests.

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 8:04 PM

you keep spouting the same old nonsense over and over.

what is it they say about insanity? the definition of insanity is saying/doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

Congratulations ddshea, you are a classic example of insanity...as is the Bobby Parker campaign.

Keep us all updated on how August 7th goes.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 8:32 PM

You may have said one very limited and intelligent thing for once... school house...the "insanity" you spoke of is in fact doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result...

in this case, electing Mrs. Emerson to what would be a ninth term to Congress after her previous husband held the office for 8 terms himself...

that is a total of 34 years of an "Emerson" as a Representative for the 8th District should she manage to steal the election. We do not want that sort of insanity. 32 years is far too many on that figure alone, much less the damage Mrs. Emerson has inflicted to our economy with her Bailout vote after bailout vote; her voting to destroy the Constitution she swore an Oath to Protect and defend, clearly Oaths mean as much to her as Party lines since she married a very Powerful Democratic Union Attorney who gave the Maximum donation to Barrack Obama in 2008 and Mrs. Emerson herself donated to the reelection campaign of the Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

People can see all of this for themselves and do there own follow up research to confirm the statements made, Many from Mrs. Emerson herself or Darren Lingle one of the "spokesman" for her campaign



and I have complete faith in the People to Vote out RINO Jo when they fully inform themselves on her anti conservative and Un-Republican record and actions as our Representative for the last 16 years.

I am sure the Primary on

..............AUGUST 7th................

will yield the true voice of the people as True Conservatism has already in Indiana and in Wisconsin.

Good Luck with your Resume' "Schoolhouse". I am sure the "connections" Mrs. Emerson has developed over the last 32 years will help find you a place somewhere but you'll have to find a new Teat to suckle from I'm afraid.

-- Posted by ddshea on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 9:18 PM

Teat sucking??? say what???

is that something Bob taught you?

he's a cattle farmer right? oh wait, does he even have a job? other than going around lying about perfectly nice people?

No? I didn't think so.

Like I said before, you's whacko.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Wed, Jun 6, 2012, at 9:42 PM

......"there you go again"

-- Posted by ddshea on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 7:14 AM

......you always have to get in the last word, dont you?

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 7:30 AM

I'll be satisfied when Mrs. Emerson has had her last spoken word in our "People's House" and we have True Conservative Republican Representation again in our district that actually reflects our values and beliefs.

If people want to see just how far Mrs. Emerson has strayed from the People she is supposed to Represent go to the following links and see for yourselves



I encourage you to conduct your own research and see if Mrs. Emerson's actions reflect your values and beliefs.

There is a True Conservative Choice for us. Vote in the Primary Election on August 7th.

-- Posted by ddshea on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 8:58 AM

You are off your rocker

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 10:20 AM

Pay no attention the ridicule and attempts to distract the People from Mrs. Emerson's voting record and ties to Unions, Lobbyists, and special interests that fund her campaign. The Truth is She can be beaten and they know it. Here is just one example of the Huge wave of support Bob Parker has and it's all over the district. See for yourselves and look for Bob's supporters in your area, they aren't hard to spot as you can see when you watch this


The Primary Election is now exactly two months away and the Emerson Campaign is Hiding and scared. Get involved and do your own research and vote on August 7th.

-- Posted by ddshea on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 11:15 AM

Huge wave, yup, that's what I think of when I think of Bobby P.

Let me know how that "wave" crashes and burns on August 7th

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 11:18 AM

ddshea-you need to get a job so you don't have so much time to trash someone that does work.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 3:25 PM

I can multitask thanks sorry if that's not a skill you possess and if you call Mrs. Emerson's facilitating the economic destruction of our country, Constitution, and Bill of Rights work then I guess I could agree with you on that. It has to be real hard work to sell out your Nation and it's people for some unfathomable agenda.

-- Posted by ddshea on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 4:15 PM

Man this is really rich.

Jo Ann was a TRW secretary until she hooked up with Bill Emerson. Then through his connections she became a lobbyist.

After Bill's demise she took his seat in Congress and married a screaming liberal Democrat labor attorney who later became a lobbyist himself. Then the union PAC money came flooding in.

Next her two daughters become lobbyists because, as Mr. Lingle phrased it, "they worked their butts off."

It is fairly apparent to me that Mrs. Emerson is the one who worked her butt off.

-- Posted by Hominy on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 8:15 PM

Bob Parker is going to beat Joann Emerson on a shoe string budget. That right there says he can do a lot with a little money. Kind of person I want leading my country.

Is Ron Gladney qualified to be our represenative? Seems like that's the only qualification Joann had so I guess he is also qualified.

Bob Parker has been a businessman in our district for many years and has fought for our property rights while Joann did nothing. He is over qualified by Emerson standards. Yes he struggled back in the 80's. He fought hard and struggled like many Americans are doing now, but he persevered and became successful. The American dream he wants to preserve for others!

We can save the country 73,000 by sending Darren(schoolhouse)Lingle back to the Prairie and many other overpaid staffers.

Oh yes Darren please do not take down or destroy our signs this year. This is the people of the 8th ditricts money not 1000 dollar a plate Washington lobbyist or union money. If you do decide to do this again at least be smart enough not to hide them in your brothers yard.

Bye Joann

-- Posted by byejoann on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 6:45 AM

you stupid people don't even know how to spell Jo Ann's name correctly.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 7:58 AM

I'm sure you see it enough when you cash your Checks to know exactly how she spells it.

I always did find something amiss with a Lady who didn't take her husbands name. She didn't even bother to hyphenate it. It should at least be Jo Ann Emerson-Gladney.

I look forward to when that name is a distant memory on August 7th when she gets Voted out.

-- Posted by ddshea on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:49 AM


you are seriously going to make a campaign issue out of Ms. Emerson's last night and whether or not she should have hyphenated it?

grasping at straws much???


-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:57 AM

I find it embarrassing that Bobby and his trolls are spending so much time attacking the staff of Ms. Emerson and ignoring Bob's lies. I'm from Mississippi County and I'm grateful for Jo Ann and all her staff. She is getting our levee built back. Silly Bob called our levee a waste of money!!! Go ahead and lie and run down Emerson's family and not mention one specific plan for Missouri. Bob will have plenty of time to host idiot conventions after the election.

-- Posted by LeveeMan on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 12:48 PM

Let's see, I think all people would have do is watch any of these videos, especially the ones starring Emerson Campaign spokesman, Darren Lingle. This guy makes well over twice the average salary of those in the district and can't even keep his Lies straight when He Attempts to call Bob a Liar. DO you own research Folks. Don't be fooled by these Over Paid, via the taxpayer, phonies...



Emerson has had a staff in excess of 20 people, all taxpayer funded and you pay millions for it... this is why they waste our money trolling the Missourian and other papers pathetically attacking those Exposing Jo Ann Emerson for the RINO she is

take a look at how much of your money goes to these leaches


A few of them make over a hundred grand a year, Lingle is cresting 70 thousand for the last few years though... even at over twice the districts average salary he's still third rate on Team Emerson! Watch the videos of him and you'll see why..

-- Posted by ddshea on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 9:21 PM

O.M.G....don't you have cows to feed or teats to suck. Good lord crazy haired Texas County woman. Get. a. life.


-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 12:42 AM

Jo Ann Wants to make sure all the contracts that go to rebuild the levee at Birds Point go to Unions. She supports Unions, especially the Ones her Husband represents who Fund her campaign. That whole "rebuilding" of the Levee is dirty from top to bottom as far as contracts awarded I'm sure of it.

What happened at Birds Point was a tragedy that should never have happened but it did. Now it needs to be Rebuilt to Spec ASAP. According to the SE Missourian over 25 Million has been spent already but what's been done isn't nearly worth what's been spent and still remains as of yet unfinished.

You can see Jo Ann's ties run deep with Unions and Lobbyists by watching the following...



Don't buy the "spin" of the Emerson, Union, Lobbyist, Staffers Cartel they've sold their souls.

DO Your Own Research and decide for yourselves whom to believe and Vote your conscience in the Primary on August 7th.

-- Posted by ddshea on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 9:18 AM


-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 10:27 AM

Who needs a debate? The Parker folks have eloquently stated where he would lead. He would talk about his opponent's family, offer no serious solutions, oppose paying the nation's commitments, jeopardize the funding of our troops based on theories of one Obama appointed judge, the ACLU and the Islamic League and boast of his economic prowess while he was broke during the Reagan economic boom. We don't need a debate. I've heard enough. Let's vote.

-- Posted by VIKED on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 12:30 PM

Just because you don't Like the Facts doesn't make them Lies. The Truth is the truth and just because you and Mrs. Emerson can't handle that doesn't mean the People aren't entitled to make their own informed decisions that a Primary debate would address.

Keep Running Jo Ann, Keep running Lingle you are completely exposed and you know it. The voter's will recognize your complete and utter contempt for them at the Polls on August 7th whether you continue to hide from them or not.

-- Posted by ddshea on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 3:05 PM



-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 3:17 PM

I was a supporter of Bill Emerson, a true conservative, and one who upheld our constitution and fought for jobs in our country. Bill was a man of his word, and though he wasn't perfect, and none of us are, he went to bat for the people of the 8th district. Bill thought in broader terms, as well, and worked to become a part of a force of nationwide elected officials to work for the betterment of our country as a whole. After his death, Jo Ann became our new 8th district representative. The first few years, I watched Jo Ann and her voting record. I believed that we could continue in the same direction that Bill lead us, and in fact, was quite relieved to have her in office. As the years have passed, her voting record is unlike that of a true conservative representative. Her voting record is only one of my concerns. I personally have directed various questions to her, but all I got was a message saying she was traveling, but would get back with me when she returned a few days later. It has been a month, and still nothing. I have heard from others who have been put off by Jo Ann in this same fashion. I would simply like to know why!? Also, why doesn't Jo Ann either use her current husband's last name, or hyphenate it at the very least? Is there any reason she wouldn't want this to be common knowledge? I don't see that as an unfair question, and it isn't posed as a negative, particulary, but people draw conclusions of their own when they can't get answers. He is a union attorney, which is true. So, why not field the question when asked about that? I have many questions, as do others who have been ignored by Jo Ann's lack of attention to questions. If she desires to be our congresswoman for another term, why won't she answer our questions? She has made the mistake of ignoring those of us in the 8th district. We have questions that we deserve to have answered. How would Jo Ann or her employees expect us to think favorably of her, OR support her? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT A CANDIDATE WHO WILL ONLY ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT DO NOT INVADE THOSE AREAS WHERE SHE CHOOSES NOT TO GO?? Schoolhouserock, I have done my best to be diplomatic in my comment, and would sincerely appreciate it if you would approach MS Emerson about giving us some concrete answers. Please let her know that I would like answers regarding her voting record. Perhaps if she would be straightforward in answering the voters in the 8th district, I'm sure we could all be better educated when going to the polls on August 7. Bob Parker is speaking to the people, and I just don't understand why, when MS Emerson (the incumbent) has her voting record to stand on, why won't she answer our questions? That alone is just another reason that a growing number of voters are looking to support Bob Parker. Who pays her salary? And given that WE do, isn't her responsibility to answer our questions? I ask again that Jo Ann debate Bob Parker. He should be the one to shy away from a debate with the incumbent, but that is not the case. Why?

-- Posted by conservative4real on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 5:12 PM

Call her up and ask her your questions yourself

I dont work for her, contrary to what ddshea says (ddshea lies, incase you couldnt tell)

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 6:27 PM

Schoolhouse you need to be taken to the woodshed for talking so much filth...

Anyone can look at this thread and see just how unbalanced and irrational you are. When given facts and matters of record you go on personal attacks which as your pseudonym indicates belong on the Playground. Grow up son or stay silent and let the grown ups speak.

Anyone can review the Facts and the records of Mrs. Emerson's betrayal to the district by watching the following...




All of this is a matter of Record... they can use whatever rhetoric they want to attempt to spin the truth but do your own due diligence and decide for yourselves who to support in the Republican primary on

August 7th

End the reign of, if you include Bill's time in office, a 32 year incumbent who has sold us and the nation out. Type up that resume' Schoolhouse after you are allowed to take the dunce cap off that is...

-- Posted by ddshea on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 6:58 PM

just because you call your lies "facts" doesn't make them so


-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 11:06 PM

Look it up for yourselves folks...Jo Ann's taxpayer funded staff wants to misdirect you... use the search engine of your choice and look it up for yourselves who is telling the truth and who is grasping at straws to save their 3 times the average salary taxpayer funded job... Completely your choice... by God's Grace the truth will prevail despite what ever Mrs. Emerson-Gladney's minions want you to see...

-- Posted by ddshea on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 11:15 PM

STOP THE LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Jun 11, 2012, at 6:45 AM

Ddshea stop showing your ignorance and disregard for facts. I expect more from a fellow vet. I will only talk about what I know. You are wrong about Birds Point. The money that has been spent is part of the overall project. That money kept farmers in business last year AND...the work done will now be the base for our permanent levee! It was not a waste. You and Bobby boy haven't a clue and obviously don't care about our farmers. As for the rebuild being "dirty"??!! Prove it. Put some real facts on here not just your crazy ramblings. Proof please.

-- Posted by LeveeMan on Mon, Jun 11, 2012, at 9:14 AM


Even though I believe you to be misguided in you're support for "Team Emerson-Gladney" I am always happy to engage in Conversation with those who fought for Our Country and I respect you for that service and commitment.

You're Right to your opinions, as me to mine are part of what we were fought for Right? To protect our Freedoms, Liberty, and our way of life...

Even though the candidate you support has voted repeatedly to Eliminate those Rights by her support of the NDAA, HR347, continuous renewal of the Patriot Act all of which erode the Protections inherent in our Founding Documents and to which Mrs. Emerson-Gladney swore an Oath, as we did LeveeMan,to protect and defend from all enemies. Those are facts and can be seen by watching any of the following


As to the Birds Point issue, which I fully admit is my opinion to which I am entitled, all that is available to view and research are contracts offered not contracts awarded.

The Fact that what should be Very public information and published with regards to these contracts is being withheld by the ACE is very troubling. But I will get that information and do my own due diligence once I receive it.

If it is all on the "up and up" as you seem to believe, I will publicly state that to be the case if I find that to be true.

Since you claim to have the full scoop and likewise claim to be an expert authority in this regard, LeveeMan why don't you post a link to the funds that have been spent thus far or links to who received those very lucrative contracts if you have that information? As an "authority" on this topic which you seem to believe you are, it should be easy for you to post such information so we can all see for ourselves where all the money went and to whom.

-- Posted by ddshea on Mon, Jun 11, 2012, at 10:16 AM


-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Mon, Jun 11, 2012, at 10:19 AM

If you think this government is doing a great job protecting our freedoms and think all the spending is the right thing to do, you should just vote for Jo Ann. Her record supports the spending and goes agenst what I belive in. I will vote for Bob! Just do your reserch and don't live in the past. I voted for Jo Ann in the past. No need to atack eachother as voters we should educate ourselvs and others and then vote.

-- Posted by dash7 on Wed, Jun 13, 2012, at 12:33 PM

you are right, we should educate ourselves. I'd start with spelling and grammar if I were you.

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Thu, Jun 14, 2012, at 8:48 AM

@ schoolhouse

I guess as long as you can avoid the talking about Jo Ann's voting record, you have a chance. I would just stick with what you are doing.

One other difference I have noticed about Jo Ann and Bob is that Bob tells people when he is going to speak at an event, and Jo Ann just puts out a post on her facebook after an event.

-- Posted by dash7 on Thu, Jun 14, 2012, at 4:06 PM

Jo Ann's voting record is widely available to the public. Bob lying about her voting record needs to be exposed for what it is...petty and childish.


Bob isn't even fit to serve as dog catcher, much less US Representative

-- Posted by schoolhouserock on Fri, Jun 15, 2012, at 3:03 PM

So expose the big lies schoolhouse. Tell us what Bob is lying about? What part of Jo Ann's voting record has Bob lied about? We are all ears.

-- Posted by dash7 on Fri, Jun 15, 2012, at 10:31 PM

You make a lot of serious allegations of a good man who has selflessly served the Lord and his community his entire life as best as he could Schoolhouse. Anyone who views and of your posts can see just how petty and childish you yourself are. Here is a link for people to see your foolishness and immaturity for themselves


A Primary Debate and a well publicized Town Hall Meeting would settle who is telling the Truth. Both of which Mrs. Emerson has repeatedly refused to do showing her complete and utter contempt for the People who put her in office for the last 16 years. She's going to attempt to hide from the voters and squeak through the Primary election, that won't work this year. Keep hiding Mrs. Emerson.

-- Posted by ddshea on Sat, Jun 16, 2012, at 10:08 AM

I'm still putting my name to my posts.

We had a great experience in Potosi today. 4 Parker Ranger Trucks and a golf cart, with 20 walkers. Then we went to a Townhall/Fundraiser in Poplar Bluff to fire up 60 Parker Supporters.

When we drove around the 8th District, we counted 10 Parker 4x8 signs to Emerson's 3. Thanks to all the volunteer sign planters out there who are using their spare time and resources to get Bob's message out.

Larry Bill

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Sat, Jun 16, 2012, at 6:20 PM


-- Posted by schoo1houserock on Fri, Jun 29, 2012, at 11:10 PM

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