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Texas Gov. Rick Perry stumps for attorney general candidate in Cape Girardeau

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in support of Ed Martin for Missouri attorney general Friday, June 29, 2012 at a rally in Cape Girardeau.
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By Robert Overmann

Southeast Missourian

A Republican candidate for state attorney general got some help energizing local voters from a former presidential hopeful and an "America's Got Talent" winner at a Cape Girardeau rally Friday.

The rally for Ed Martin also featured Texas Governor Rick Perry and Neal E. Boyd, 2008 winner of "America's Got Talent" and candidate for the 149th state House district.

The rally was held at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau. About 200 people attended, according to Josh Haynes, staff member for Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.

Ed Martin, Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general, speaks Friday, June 29, 2012 at a rally in Cape Girardeau.
(Fred Lynch)
Martin spoke about fiscal responsibility, his disdain of big government and his Christian values at the rally.

"The federal government is telling us what energy we should use, what cars we should drive, whether our children can pray to God in school and what health care we should have," Martin said.

Martin emphasized his Christian faith and what he sees as the religion's role in modern America.

"You can't lead in America if you leave God behind," Martin said.

Martin also promised to work to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Martin criticized Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster for his weak stance and inaction against the law.

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling upheld key provisions of the law Thursday, including the controversial individual health insurance mandate.

"You're either with Obama, or you're with the side that says freedom and the rule of law matters," Martin said.

Martin's speech was followed by Perry's stump-style speech endorsing Martin's candidacy.

"Wouldn't it be great to have an attorney general to fight for you?" Perry asked, referring to Martin.

Perry stressed the importance of the state's role in helping determine the outcome of the upcoming elections, urging those in attendance to cast ballots for conservative Republican candidates like Martin.

"You have the opportunity to turn Missouri cardinal red in this upcoming election," Perry said.

Republican candidate for treasurer Cole McNary also spoke, promising voters to cut waste and protect their checkbooks.

"My parents hated waste, they taught me all about efficiency. As treasurer, I want to plan for the future and fight waste," McNary said.

Evangelical pastor David Barton offered a closing prayer. Barton served as the former co-chairman of the Republican party of Texas.

The rally was well-received by attendants.

"It was a very nice event. I've seen lots of Ed Martin -- he really knows how to campaign. I enjoyed hearing governor Perry," said Brian Bollmann, local tea party organizer.

Steve Michael of St. Louis was also impressed.

"It was a great event and a strong showing for Ed Martin. I think Rick Perry showed clear support for Ed," Michael said.

Martin was chief of staff for former Missouri governor Matt Blunt. He faces Livingston County prosecutor Adam Warren in the Aug. 7 Republican primary. The primary winner will face incumbent Koster in the Nov. 6 general election.



Pertinent address:

Arena Park, Cape Girardeau, MO


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Our Representative Jo Ann Emerson was hosting this event to Honor Governor Rick Perry and Ed Martin yet she was a complete No Show for it.

I wish she'd have been a no show for all her bailout votes, her vote for the NDAA, HR347, and the repeal of Glass Steagall which Directly is responsible for the collapse of our Economy and they knew it when they voted to repeal it.

I guess if Jo Ann Can blow off the People of the 8th District as evidenced by her horrible Liberal Non Conservative, Non Constitutional voting record it would stand to reason she'd blow off a Governor Rick Perry and AG Candidate Ed Martin. What a disgrace.

-- Posted by ddshea on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 1:24 AM

Oh come now, you all have kept Jo Ann in power for years, surely you have no regrets.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 6:30 AM

Congresswoman Emerson was delayed by her flights, as everyone who attended the rally understood, as it was announced several times. She was indispensable in making this rally happen, and has been a key supporter of Ed Martin. If you want to criticize Emerson for failing to control the weather, the aircraft, and the commute time from St. Louis, that is, of course, your option, but I don't believe these are within the constitutionally delimited powers of Congress.

-- Posted by newaroundhere on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 7:56 AM

Rick Perry, what a joke! So glad that we dodged that bullet!!

-- Posted by bball15 on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 9:38 AM

After 16 years in Congress and 16 years as a Congressman's wife Mrs. Emerson and her "team" should know very well how to make a schedule or one would think.

If she "missed" the event it was because she had motivation to miss it. For a Public official Mrs. Emerson and her team sure do everything they can to keep her schedule from the Public that would like an opportunity to ask her questions about how she "represents" us.

Jo Ann's attempt to "rule" over this district is about as transparent as Barrack Obama's administration.

-- Posted by ddshea on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 11:54 AM

Where was it held and how many attended?

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 1:23 PM

Howdy 1,500 if you had attended it would have been 1501 they would have loved to had a social liberal present such as you. By the way at the Arena Building Cape Girardeau, Missouri half way between St Louis and Memphis, do you know where that is at? I thought liberals knew everything to hear them talk.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Jun 30, 2012, at 7:51 PM

I thought the story was about Rick Perry endorsing Martin. Frankly, Martin would have been better off if Perry's plane had been late. If ever anyone has done a belly flop on the national political front, it has been Perry. As an independent, Martin better come up with a more credible endorsement than a flop like Perry if he wants to impress me.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 9:51 AM

wreactus, he committed a gaffe which derailed a campaign that had little chance of succeeding anyway. But it was only a gaffe. Small minds, of which there are many across the land, dewll on such things; expansive minds dwell on issues and ideas.

Perry has been a good (not great) governor of Texas. Texas has outperformed every other state during the economic downturn, and has done so while maintaining the third lowest tax burden in the USA. Perry has had a significant role to play in that.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 8:24 PM

Mark: Thank you for your insult. However, if you are unable to admit the buffoonery of this failed Governor, you might want to take a measurement on your own mind. A SINGLE GAFFE? This guy put on the greatest comedy show sense the three stooges, and managed to mimic all three in a single bound. I question your veracity; you could not possibly be looking at this goof ball objectively.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 9:16 PM

wrcactus, my comment was of a general nature and I apologize that it appeared directed as you. As to your statements on Perry, I think his interview elsewhere on this site puts to rest the hyperbolic claims Perry is some kind of rube.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 10:01 AM

Anyone, who want's to see the truth about Jo Ann Emerson and who she has become and just what she's been up to in DC in your name, go to



Do your own research and vote your conscience tomorrow, August 7th in the Missouri State Primary.

-- Posted by ddshea on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 7:39 PM

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