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Opinion: Some of my picks for office

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Many people know I read a lot, especially about economics, social issues and politics.

And as some of the Republican primary candidates are people I know and have reviewed, I am sharing my choices.

I told some of the candidates I was not getting involved in financially supporting them during the primaries, but I have reached a decision on how I will be voting in this unusually important Republican primary.

U.S. Senate

I like all three candidates who are all polling ahead of Claire McCaskill ... but I will be voting for John Brunner, who brings a strong management, military, religious and job-creating experience much needed in D.C.

This is one of the two major national races Missouri will vote on as the runaway U.S. government must be harnessed.

The good news is the bad news as President Obama has such a bad leadership history that he has awakened the country about the slippery slope we are on toward a centralized government.

8th Congressional

Jo Ann Emerson. The Bob Parker campaign for Congress has been enthusiastic with many supporters, but Emerson has served the district well with her constituent service and solid voting record. Emerson has also risen to the chairmanship of one of the key congressional subcommittees in Washington, The Financial Services and General Government subcommittee of the powerful Appropriations committee, which has the capability of influencing the funding of the IRS, Obamacare and Banking Rules and Regulations.

Her seniority and conservative philosophy have brought her influence in Washington.

It's easy to find votes on bills and amendments that you disagree with, but Emerson's ability to represent us with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, forest department, EPA, post office, etc., are invaluable.


Dave Spence is the runaway leader for the Republican governor candidate and has brought a strong message of personal, business and family commitment to this winnable race as the considered actions (and lack of) by Gov. Jay Nixon are placed under the focus of the campaign (which the Missouri statewide media is just starting to do). Obama and McCaskill are polling heavily negative, which will be a major factor in this race as Obama is 9 percent behind Mitt Romney in last weekend's St. Louis Post-Dispatch Missouri poll.

Lieutenant governor

For lieutenant governor, it will not be a surprise to those who know me that I will be voting for and supporting Peter Kinder, longtime friend and Cape Girardeau native. Kinder is polling ahead of his major opponent Brad Lager by 41 to 27 percent, but the race will be tighter as more than $1 million worth of negative ads by Lager (primarily misspent from four people) are disgusting me and others who know Kinder. After reading and reviewing debates, Kinder is head and shoulders the better candidate.

Secretary of state

The Republican primary for Secretary of State has two solid candidates whom I've met, Scott Rupp and Shane Schoeller. Schoeller has campaigned extensively in this area; and has been endorsed by John Ashcroft and has the legislative and executive experience to serve in this important office which supervises elections, writes ballot language and has one of the largest staffs in the executive branch. So I'm voting for Schoeller.

Missouri attorney general

Ed Martin is the rare energetic, articulate spokesman that Missouri needs to represent us against Obamacare and to aggressively defend Missouri or challenge violations of Missouri laws and defend its citizens.

Martin is a lawyer, administrator, family man active in his church and endorsed by most of the leading party members in the state.

State Senate

I respect both Ellen Brandom and Wayne Wallingford, both state representatives from adjacent districts who have been placed in the same Senate district centered in Cape Girardeau County.

Someone said "politics ain't bean bags," and I find it unfortunate that this campaign (probably consultant-inspired) has sunk to the level it has. I'll be voting for Wallingford after much consideration -- listening to his speeches, organized thought process and military background were key considerations.

State representative

For my state representative (I live right outside the Cape city limits) I will be voting for second term candidate Donna Lichtenegger, a long time family friend who has been recognized in Jefferson City for an outstanding first term. Donna has been super active in district, state and national Republican politics for years.

County assessor

Amy Jones ... real estate and business experience has brought her great public support from some of Cape Girardeau County's leading citizens.

County commission

The last county race I will comment on is the county commissioner from this area. Before Charlie Herbst, whom I respect, got in the race, I encouraged Cape civic and business leader Moe Sandfort to run. He has campaigned door-to-door and brings the needed business, personality and Christian leadership to the county commission.

Many do not realize the importance of the county commission to the industrial jobs growth of Cape Girardeau County and upcoming decisions about a new industrial park. Sandfort's the most proven leader of the three candidates for commissioner, a post more important than many realize.

That's my list. Most of yours will possibly be different, and we're blessed to live in a country where we get to become informed and vote a secret ballot.

I especially thank and respect all candidates who are willing to file and run for office.

Gary Rust is chairman of Rust Communications.

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Mr Rust,

You really support TARP, Bank Bailouts, Bailed Out CEO Bonuses, funding the Department of Education, FUNDING THE EPA, funding Planned Parenthood, Cash for Clunkers, Citizen Imprisonment Without Cause and $2.4Trillion in new debt?!?!

Those are all things for which Ms. Emerson has voted in the last 4 years with renewed scrutiny of Conservatives and the Tea Party. Her VOTES are most important!!

If she votes to fund the EPA and then gets kudos for helping negotiate the business-crushing regulations of the EPA, isn't that the definition of 'a racket'?

Ms. Emerson has a 44% (failing) Conservative voting record on Heritage Action Scorecard (http://heritageactionscorecard.com/scorecard/index.html#E000172#member) and her voting record is third worst in the Madison Project's Conservative Hall of Shame (http://www.conservativevotingrecords.com/member/mo-emerson-jo-ann/)

If 16 years is good enough for our State Legislators, it's good enough for our US Congress members.

Bottom line, if you want to change Washington DC, you have to change who's there.

Additionally, her disingenuous attacks on her opponent are shameful.

FWIW, I believe Bill Randles better represents the values of SEMO than Dave Spence. I feel Mr. Spence believes he can buy the election, and like Emerson, did not want to face tough questions from constituents.

Akin is the best choice to run against the slimy McCaskill. She will be a tough opponent, and Brunner and Steelman were weak in the 97.1FM debate I attended in St. Louis.

For Secretary of State, I don't think we go wrong with Mr. Rupp either. Both seem to be very knowledgeable.

Thank you for all you and your paper does to serve our community!

All Best,

Brian Bollmann

-- Posted by bbollmann on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 5:20 AM

You have made good choices with the exception of JoAnn...

I fear your decision to support her is personal and not based on facts. Certainly not her voting record... I am extremely disappointed in your choice. Hope you change your mind in the privacy of the voting booth. This is THE most important local race that ACTUALLY will make a difference. O ur country is in serious trouble, how else can it be fixed if we don't vote out the people who no longer have our Country's best interest at heart.. Bob Parker WILL win, he has to many people supporting him in his grass roots campaign. This will be an unprecedented victory.

-- Posted by Sugr123 on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 6:17 AM

Mr. Rust,

We at the Parker campaign appreciate the opportunities your paper provided to get Bob's message out with interviews, paid letters to the editor, candidate profiles, and the free blog.

Larry Bill

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 7:22 AM

Always enjoy your short synopses of the candidates you support!! Keep up the good work!!

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 7:28 AM

Mr Rust, please disregard the Parker camp. They will all go away soon. Excellent choices all the way around, as usual.

-- Posted by workerdignity on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 7:58 AM

bbolman, how are attacks shameful exactly? He wants to weaken drug laws and the laws that protect us from terrorists. It's not Jo Ann's fault if Bob didn't understand the ramifications of what he said. Also, Bob took a bailout. http://semotimes.com/tea-party-candidate...

-- Posted by workerdignity on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 8:06 AM

Thanks Gary for allowing all of us to post our politcial opinions on your blogs. No doubt about it has been a tough primary season in many ways.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 8:34 AM

Sound choices Mr. Rust. Thank you for your input.

-- Posted by SterlingCooper on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 8:41 AM

Here is a list of things that Bob Parker and Brian Bollman do not find shameful

1) Attack Jo Ann's marriage

2) Campaign with pictures of her former husband

3) Attack her daughters

4) Support drug legalization

5) Support jury trials for foreign terrorists

6) Lie about receiving government subsidies

-- Posted by SterlingCooper on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 9:09 AM

Thank you , MR Rust, for your thoughtful insight. God bless America.

-- Posted by VIKED on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 9:16 AM

Hey SterlingCooper,

you forgot #7) Calling veterans pathetic

-- Posted by t partier on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 9:22 AM

Did you pay $25 to yourself to print these ringing endorsements?

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 9:24 AM

I agree with B. Bollmann's comments about Emerson, and Randles over Spence. Spence also profited from the '08 TARP Fund bailout while on the board of a bank in St. Louis.

Akin voted for the NDAA with its indefinite detention provisions. (as did Emerson)I like Steelman, but I think Brunner will be the best choice.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 9:54 AM

Well thought out choices though we disagree on a few. Some Emerson votes have been good, some not so much. The name calling on your site has been monumental so thank you for allowing the discussion. I believe we need new faces in D. C. Emerson is an entrenched politician of the old school and, as such, has contributed to the mess this country is in. We can no longer spend money as if it were water nor can our representatives continue to bring home the bacon. We need a fighter willing to shake things up a bit. I've never seen that quality in Emerson. Parker has fought tirelessly for property rights in our district & I believe he will try hard to do what he can to reduce the spending & deficit. D. C. is not the place it was 16 years ago and now is the time to throw off the status quo & send a citizen with current real world experience to Washington.

-- Posted by Lettie on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 1:54 PM

Listened to an 107.1 "america's voice" endorsement/interview with Mr. Parker. The announcer called the Republican party "fascists" and Mr. Parker said: nothing.

I think Mr. Parker would be more comfortable running as an independent or a Libertarian. If he is unwilling to defend the party whose nomination he is seeking, how can we count on him to advocate for us in Congress?

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 8:42 PM

Well done Mr. Rust. Excellent points. We must not only look for conservative candidates, but also effective ones. I think credibility and character matter too. Those that attack other candidates families, distort records, and fail to answer for their own mistakes need not apply.

-- Posted by NewtDobbs on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 10:12 PM

Why has Mr. Rust turned over the newspaper to his sons? If it is good enough for Rust Communications, it is good enough for Cape County. Charlie Herbst needs to be our next County Commissioner.

-- Posted by Firewall on Sun, Aug 5, 2012, at 10:36 PM

Sam, that is amazing and I'm glad you pointed that out. I'm sure the Emerson folks are filing all of these things away in case Bullet Bob decides to try this again.

-- Posted by workerdignity on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 8:38 AM

Agree on every one except am supporting Scott Rupp for Sec. of State. I see you didn't take a stand in the public administrator race.

-- Posted by tom on Mon, Aug 6, 2012, at 7:13 PM

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