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Attendees fill the Salem City Hall's auditorium floor during Thursday night's 8th District Congressional Committee's candidate forum. The GOP committee will nominate a replacement to fill Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's seat. Candidates were asked the same six questions by a member of the GOP committee. Candidates at the forum were Wendell Bailey, Jason Crowell, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder(pictured), Bob Parker, Todd Richardson, Jason Smith, Lloyd Smith, Pedro Sotelo, Sarah Steelman, Clint Tracy, John Tyrrell and Wayne Wallingford.
(LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semisourian.com)
SALEM, Mo. -- They've heard from many who want the job during the past several weeks, but Thursday night inside Salem City Hall, members of a GOP candidate selection committee in Missouri's 8th district got a much closer look at 12 Republicans who want to be the next member of Congress.

The first of two forums for Republicans who want to run in a special election to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson took about two and a half hours as speakers addressed six questions posed to each by the committee.

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Attendees listen during Thursday night's 8th District Congressional Committee's candidate forum at Salem City Hall. The GOP committee will nominate a replacement to fill Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's seat. Candidates were asked the same six questions by a member of the GOP committee. Candidates at the forum were Wendell Bailey, Jason Crowell, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Bob Parker, Todd Richardson, Jason Smith, Lloyd Smith, Pedro Sotelo, Sarah Steelman, Clint Tracy, John Tyrrell and Wayne Wallingford.
(LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semisourian.com)
Standing before the committee and a full auditorium were:

* Wendell Bailey, a former Congressman.

* Jason Crowell, a former state senator.

* Peter Kinder, Missouri's lieutenant governor.

* Bob Parker, a former candidate for the district.

* Todd Richardson, a current state representative.

* Jason Smith, who is Speaker Pro Tem in the Missouri House.

* Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

* Pedro Sotelo, a Kansas City businessman and service veteran.

* Sarah Steelman, a former state representative and former state treasurer.

* Clint Tracy, presiding commissioner of Cape Girardeau County

* John Tyrrell, a Mountain Grove, Mo., attorney

* Wayne Wallingford, a state senator.

What the potential candidates shared with the audience didn't vary much -- none would vote "yes" for the fiscal cliff solution recently passed by Congress, as voted for by Emerson. All felt they had the chops to raise the amount the committee said a run for the office will cost -- between $200,000 and $300,000. None supported any form of gun control.

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Attendees fill the Salem City Hall's auditorium floor during Thursday night's 8th District Congressional Committee's candidate forum. The GOP committee will nominate a replacement to fill Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's seat. Candidates were asked the same six questions by a member of the GOP committee. Candidates at the forum were Wendell Bailey, Jason Crowell, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Bob Parker, Todd Richardson, Jason Smith, Lloyd Smith(pictured), Pedro Sotelo, Sarah Steelman, Clint Tracy, John Tyrrell and Wayne Wallingford.
(LAURA SIMON ~ lsimon@semisourian.com)
Only one, Sotelo, hinted during his answer he may support some form of stem-cell research. Also asked was how poverty in the district could be handled, and if candidates would put off decisions for later, which the committee doesn't want to see happen -- many said they wouldn't be the ones to "kick the can down the road."

Overwhelmingly, committee members were able to examine the personal styles, individual approach to issues and demeanor of those in the field.

"They are all good candidates, and all good Republicans," said Treena Heiney, a committee member who is vice chairwoman of the Texas County committee.

With what she saw Thursday, it will not be easy for her to choose, she said.

Crowell and Jason Smith, known in the Missouri Legislature for his rousing rhetoric, delivered again in front of the committee.

"Stop spending. Stop spending. Stop spending," shouted Crowell in his opening statement.

Jason Smith touched on his close ties to agriculture, and promised to vote only based on his own principle.

Kinder, speaking in a calm, easy manner, came to the forum to "humbly lay my appeal," to committee members. He said he wasn't there to attack his competitors as he mentioned his record of being elected.

"I do that by not ignoring the small counties," he said of carrying 109 of 114 counties in his last statewide race.

Committee members said after the forum the amount of public exposure and political experience was evident among the potential candidates. They praised Kinder, Lloyd Smith and Wallingford for being articulate. Others liked the more emotional and conversational styles shown by Steelman and Richardson, both of whom spoke about their conservative values when answering most questions.

At one point, Bob Parker's answer to a question elicited an "Amen" from someone in the room.

Eddy Justice, chairman of the committee, said since the potential candidates hold many of the same stances on issues, the ability to communicate is emerging as vital to gaining support.

"Personality and perception is huge in this because there is not a lot of difference in them all," he said.

Joyce Karnes, chair of the Dent County committee and moderator of the forum, said committee members know they have an important job to do, but she cautioned there remains a long road ahead.

The committee will host a second forum at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Concourse Building in Cape Girardeau. Voting to select a candidate will take place during a February meeting in Van Buren, Mo. It will be scheduled after Rep. Emerson officially turns in her resignation.

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You know who is good at "communicating": President Obama.

Pick an adult who can do the job, not embarrass us, and fights for common sense decisions.

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Thu, Jan 10, 2013, at 11:59 PM

I find it interesting that none of the group would have voted for the fiscal cliff legislation, as Congresswoman Emerson did reluctantly. This legislation was the best Republicans could have hoped for. It did not address the runaway spending issue; I guess this will be addressed in the debt ceiling debate coming up in the next two months. But it did preserve the Bush tax cuts for most everybody, it kept the estate tax and capital gains tax rates pretty much the same for most people, it lessened the tax burden of the alternative minimum tax and it helped preserve the Social Security fund by allowing the ill conceived payroll tax cut to expire. No, the legislation was flawed, but really what was the alternative with Obama in the White House? It would have been refreshing to see one of these candidates say yes, I would have voted for the fiscal cliff legislation, reluctantly, and we'll address the spending cuts next.

-- Posted by tom on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 12:21 AM

The questions were tripe and this was the first of the only two forums to vet these candidates. No wonder Emerson resigned as she did. It gives maximum control to a select few to decide who our new Congressman/woman will be for the next 30 years barring any major scandal of course. What a joke. I hope they ask some real questions at the Cape forum but I won't be holding my breathe. Great job Eddy Justice. Well played make sure you hi five Emerson on her way out the door when the new boss, same as the old boss moves in.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 12:41 AM

We all lose if Jason or Peter wins.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 5:49 AM

LibertyNeverDies,

Yep, the questions you ask are pretty important. You'd better hope for some honest answers, though. What is your recourse if you throw the "small government" crowd some red meat, as in, "Do you promise NEVER to vote up the debt ceiling, and to resign if you ever do?" and the candidates placate everyone with what they want to hear?

Recall elections are difficult! So much better to send the right person in the first place.

I would disagree with Mr. Justice, and say that the candidates cover a very wide swath of political ideologies, very wide indeed. But the paper didn't interview anyone like me, now, did they?

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:02 AM

Not everybody can get everything they want. We are a country in trouble and it is going to take every single one of us working together. Will there be differences yes they will be, but at the end of the day if working together many of these problems can be resolved and we can start digging our way out of this mess. Division will not work never has and never will, this is something that the democrats and republicans must learn. Back in the day problems were solved by both sides coming together for the betterment of the country and not for the next election.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:32 AM

Then someone is lying, Givemeliberty, because they all said the same things last night!

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:34 AM

Reminds me of the island of misfit toys.

-- Posted by 3forone on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:36 AM

They all said that they wouldn't have voted for the fiscal cliff bill that recently passed the House and Senate, now how can they all say they wouldn't have voted for it when they were not even there. All people are asking for is the truth from the candidate that is it, but don't try to cut around the edges just to try and obtain votes at the time.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:51 AM

swampeastmissouri,

You are assuming that the candidates are the same ideologically because their answers to 6 questions were (very nearly) the same.

That is a false conclusion.

How do you know that the committee members are restricting their data gathering to these two forums?

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:53 AM

If the committee members are restricting their data gathering to these two forums, we are sunk! I just hope we have enough integrity in this small group of people that they will vote for the best candidate according to their conscience and not just go with the herd and vote for whom they are told.

These people need to be vetted and this process was designed to ensure the people won't have an adequate chance to effectively do that and that is unconscionable.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 8:59 AM

I'm not assuming anything Givemeliberty I'm just taking from what was reported in this article. I have no conclusion by the way until election day when I vote.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 9:37 AM

This is an excerpt concerning Clint Tracy from a newspaper story written by Rudi Keller in the Southeast Missourian on 7/22/20110.

The presiding commissioner job pays almost twice as much as the $35,915 legislative salary. But that's not why he's seeking the post, Tracy said. Since the 2008 election, his wife, Carrie, has given birth to a son, Teddy, and he said he should be home.

"It really wasn't fair to her," Tracy said.

Tracy did not miss any votes during a special legislative session this summer. "I haven't abdicated my responsibilities," he said. "Being a state representative is a two-year deal."

-- Posted by J Purcell on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 9:48 AM

Here is the link to the actual story.

http://www.semissourian.com/story/165135...

-- Posted by J Purcell on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 9:51 AM

I drove over from southwest Missouri to observe first-hand, without filters, the MO GOP 8th congressional district forum to hear candidate-nominees for United States Congressman. I did not hear the proverbial groan from the audience when they heard the time given to hear twelve candidates (3 minutes to introduce and 7 minutes to answer six questions: economic development, gun control, fiscal cliff vote, ability to raise required funds, stance on embryonic stem cell research, and show-me you are solid in your principles). Up-front, the interested audience knew this was going to be an unusual consumption of their family time. The audience handled it like the American Patriots they are. Most of the candidate-nominees were articulate without notes. Even those who waxed long were not removed by the timekeeper, just tapped. I would have preferred a drawing numbers out of the hat to determine order of speaking rather than the alphabetical order selected by the forum organizers. Fairness to all candidates was shown, except to one, who was given an "extra fairness" by the forum moderator who still does not know that Missouri has only 8 congressional districts since the 2010 Census. I don't expect to make the longer drive to next week's forum, but I hope the forum organizers stream it live on the web. This is the 21st century!

-- Posted by Rabbi DF Eukel on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:03 AM

I have been in politics for over 15 years and although I do not know all the candidates I know most of them very well.

Of the candidates I know clearly Wayne Wallingford is the most qualified and I believe he will do what is right over political expediency, Just my opinion mind you.

The problem is because Wayne Wallingford does not play the political games as other politicians have he probably has little or no chance of getting this position. Again just my opinion!

-- Posted by J Purcell on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:05 AM

swampeastmissouri,

"...election day when I vote...." meaning the day of the special election? Since consolidating power is the name of the game in American politics, one of the important facets of that game is who appears on the ballot. No one can vote for someone not on the ballot (I know, I know, spare me the comments on write-in candidacies.) This election will almost certainly fall to whomever is on the ballot as an "R". Winning the nomination is like winning the lottery--the prize is a $175 K salary, and an all-expense trip to the Beltway, and lots and lots of power, to do good or ill.

Now, if by "election day" you mean the day of the 8th CD nominating committee, that's another matter entirely.

LibertyNeverDies,

Agreed--these people need to be vetted. Two forums with the time limitations inherent are not enough. It is difficult to look into the heart of the candidate, because as it is said, "Only God knows the heart." The reflection of what is in the heart is in the past deeds--when there are any relevant ones to examine.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:06 AM

Bob Parker would be a close second in my opinion.

He also does not play the political games so he has virtually no chance of getting this position, which is sad given that he is the one that most likely will shake things up.

All the rest will do the same and act the same regardless of the name. Again- Just my opinion!

-- Posted by J Purcell on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:17 AM

I count three people with hats on. Dont they know it is impolite to wear a hat inside.

-- Posted by Grit on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:43 AM

Givemeliberty not everybody will vote republican in this special election, many will vote for the democratic nominee you know the other party will be in this election as well not just one. No, I'm not doing a write in never have and never will. If the republican committee nominates a good candidate I will more then likely vote for that person, but the democrats are going to have there candidate as well.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:48 AM

Jo Ann Emerson won with 72% of the vote in the general election.

I'm not saying there won't be other parties on the ballot. I'm just saying that the district votes heavily "R", and I don't see that changing enough to make a difference. I think people vote for the party, too, most often, and not for the ideas.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:53 AM

I can assure you that all committee members are meeting with candidates individually and assessing their beliefs and skills. I have personally met with all (during this process) except Pedro Sotelo, Bob Parker and Sarah Steelman who haven't asked for my time and Lloyd Smith who hasn't had the time to meet yet.

As for the questions at the next forum...what are your suggestions? What would you like to have asked?

-- Posted by HollyLintner on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 11:18 AM

Mrs. Lintner,

I'd like a simple yes or no if the potential candidate were to secure the nomination and win the special election would they vote to increase the debt ceiling? I don't want to hear what they would barter for in return to get spending cuts. A simple yes or no.

All claim to be "right to life" candidates. What other than your word have you done to support this claim?

This President claims and has been proven to use our military under the authorization of NATO and the UN in complete defiance of the Constitution and even the War Powers Act. Ask the candidates what their position is on the use of our military and what America's role is in foreign policy?

Most everyone I saw last night also claims to support the 2nd amendment 100 percent, we'll see on that, that said our Congressional Representative will also exert a tremendous amount of influence within our state. Will they commit if elected to help our state legislators who are attempting to secure stronger protections of our 2nd amendment in our state from the federal government to get their legislation passed in Jefferson city?

Even though the only "officially sanctioned" forums will conclude with the forum in Cape, would the candidates commit to participate in a formal debate to be open to the public since this process has completely circumvented the peoples' chance to vet these candidates for themselves with questions coming from the people whom which this candidate will very likely represent for many years to come.

So will the candidates, yes or no, commit to participate in a formal debate open to the public with questions coming directly from the people?

If elected what will be your first initiative to hit the ground running in DC and if you have a bill in mind to introduce when you get there, what is it?

I have plenty more Mrs. Lintner. I look forward to see what the questions will be in Cape.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 11:58 AM

Why doesn't Larry Bill throw his hat in the ring? How about MR Bollmann?

-- Posted by VIKED on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 12:08 PM

We all lose if Jason or Peter wins. -- Posted by Dexterite1 on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 5:49 AM

No - just liberal democrats (takers) like you will lose. Those of us that work and pay for your entitlements will win.

-- Posted by Dug on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 12:16 PM

It would be interesting to caucus for a candidate. Even if non-binding, it would give the committee the sense of the electorate.

-- Posted by docksider21 on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 1:23 PM

Not a bad idea docksider21, I wonder if the committee chairs would agree to that?

My gut tells me it's the "sense of the electorate" that this nomination process was meaning to avoid in the first place.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 1:35 PM

Bollmann throw your hat in the ring this is your opportunity you have been waiting on for a life time that way you yourself will be able to solve all of our problems in the entire world.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 1:51 PM

Let's draft Bollmann. It's a groundswell. Bollmann, Bollmann, he's our man. If he can't do it, no one can!

-- Posted by VIKED on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 2:33 PM

I'd throw my hat in the ring, but then you guys couldn't accuse me of not having a job and then, the world would probably just come to an end.

Having put on the candidate forum in July 2012 at the CTC, I can say that it is no easy task to come up with questions that differentiate candidates that are basically on the same team.

https://capecountyteaparty.wordpress.com...

Considering how one of the current candidates answered my personal question about repealing the 17th Amendment, it would be hard for me not to include that as one of my 2013 Forum Questions.

-- Posted by bbollmann on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 2:44 PM

We need a Saint and Bollmann is the man for the job. He can save us from all the evil one man standing alone.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 2:46 PM

It's a groundswell!

-- Posted by VIKED on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 2:48 PM

Wow, it appears ignorance abounds yet again. I can go on and on about people especially Emerson-Gladney, who have nothing to do with this race in this thread too but how about staying on topic here and focus on the major issue that is at heart which is who is going to be representing this district. If you have such a problem with Mr. Bollmann do a speak out thread and trash him there instead of wasting everyone's time, unless of course that was your purpose to begin with.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 6:29 PM

Ms Emerson should be held accountable for the new election cost. She knew when she ran that she was leaving, full well knowing what state the economy is in causing us the taxpayers a million dollar bill. Shame on her. It's funny she took a job with a company that she passed legislation for every time she turned around and that is a clear cut case of conflict of interest by accepting the position as CEO and someone needs to look into it. I'm sure you have so many friends in politics that nothing will ever come of it as we get stuck for the bill.

-- Posted by newlg on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 6:53 PM

Emerson planned the whole thing. That woman is despicable.

Now every RINO in the state is comming out of the woodwork thinking they can catch a free ride to Washington, a few of whom are just as willing as Emerson to abandon their constituents for a bigger paycheck. Most of whom were ever so willing to support Emerson without question, and now, at the candidate forum in Salem they're all denouncing Emerson's votes on embrionic stem cell research and big government spending issues like the "fiscal cliff" vote. Two of the same issues Bob Parker has been speaking out against for years.

So, the choice is clear. Bob Parker, who has held true to his convictions of fiscal responsibility, right to life, and Constitutional government, or an assortment of opportunistic parasites who have proven their willingness to abandon their posts for greener pastures.

I think I'll stick with Bob.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 7:09 PM

I'm sticking with Bollmann

-- Posted by VIKED on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 8:50 PM

Missouri election law:

http://www.moga.mo.gov/STATUTES/C115.HTM

(Chapter 115 of RSMo, "Election Authorities and Conduct of Elections")

http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C100-199...

"Party nominating committee to select candidate, when"--see 115.363.5 (1)

http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C100-199...

"Nominating committee designated as to certain offices"--see 115.365.1 (5)

No one "planned" to circumvent the "sense of the electorate"; it's state law. Maybe it needs to be changed, but until it is, I'm in favor of attempting to follow it. Laws on the books that are not adhered to just demoralize us all.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 9:32 PM

The law isn't the problem, well at least in this case. There isn't a rational soul I'd wager that would bet that Emerson and the powers that be in the party didn't have this planned all along.

There isn't a multi-million dollar lobbying firm out there that selects a new CEO in less than 28 days.

Emerson and the party are exploiting the law in a pathetic attempt to retain control of the seat and intentionally avoiding a primary where the people can have a chance to weigh in, not the just controllable party insiders. Period. Anyone who thinks otherwise is simply deluding themselves.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:41 PM

LibertyNeverDies,

I concur.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Fri, Jan 11, 2013, at 10:50 PM

How would you know if Parker plays the political game?? He has NEVER held a public office

-- Posted by cartman89 on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 3:14 AM

Whatever I post Dug always crawls out of his hole to retort. I must be doing something right.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 5:06 AM

Cartman you are correct due to Parker never holding office I have no way of substantiating my belief that Parker does not play the political game.

In his campaigns he has ran as such an outsider railing against the establishment, I believe him.

-- Posted by J Purcell on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 9:03 AM

I think the next round of questions should be direct and to the point. Let's get to the bottom of this right now.

which candidate is willing to do everything in their power to absolutely gut the middle class? Take everything away from all of the 99% including y'alls dumb @$$#$, like workers rights and the $700.00 plus a month those free loaders that worked themselves into the dirt and payed in out of their own checks all their lives to have ie; social security ie; entitlements I mean deferred payment, and give it all to folks like Karl Rove and the Koch brothers? Abolish minimum wage so the filthy greedy rich can pay us in stamps that can only be redeemed at their store?Do away with child labor laws, workmans comp, Davis-Bacon, OSHA, and all those frivolous gov't restrictions like how many waste chemicials Dow Industries can dump into the Mississippi River?

If so, you're a republican, and our candidate.

-- Posted by working class citizen on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 12:15 PM

If so, you're a republican, and our candidate. -- Posted by working class citizen on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 12:15 PM

Maybe you can dig up Karl Marx or Lenin. Sounds like a couple of guys that might meet your socialist ideas for a candidate. Or you could move to China or Cuba maybe? Venezuela?

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 12:21 PM

So, socialism is a bad thing, but Fascism is perfectly acceptable?

All I want is what I worked my *** off for all my life. I don't want to end up like the workers at Hostess, and I'd be willing to bet you won't end up like the CEO's of that corperation either.

If you alone had to suffer for your blind allegiance to the real republican rouse to rob this nation and it's citizen blind, then, full steam ahead, but the cold hard facts are, I'm gonna have to starve right along with you. So **** I wish I could open your eyes.

Donna Litchtawhatever wants to propose a bill to eliminate legislators retirements. WOW, then who will be the only ones to be able to afford to run for a seat that makes all the rules?

Fascism prevails.

Hope your a multi trillionaire so you don't have to dig through the trash like the rest of us peasants.

-- Posted by working class citizen on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 1:27 PM

Dug, I believe what he is saying is the middle class have took care of both the rich and poor for years, the middle class have been pulling this wagon up the hill while those two classes sit in the wagon and laughed at the working middle class. Many in the middle class just want a fair shot that is all they are asking for they are sick and tired of taking care of the two classes just mentioned. A fair and balanced tax code that every one has to pay in to regardless rich, middle class and poor a one flat tax rate for every one no more major corporate tax loop holes no more tax refunds distributed each year, no more one inch thick plus tax forms to fill out everybody contributes something not just one class of the society. One page each citizen files each year and not a dam book that is so complicated the smartest person on earth couldn't figure it out. Why do we have to be so complicated on everything we do how about some common sense in this country for once.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 2:33 PM

Karl Rove? Koch brothers? Child labor laws? This all sounds like Barack Obama's 2012 campaign speech. You left out "pushing granny over the cliff". About as socialist as it gets.

I've never been in a union and have nothing against them except for forced membership. I've always gone out and got the education and training that I needed to get the job that I wanted. If I didn't like the job I left and took another and never whined about the company or it's benefits.

I'm worried about taxes and as far as I can see if it weren't for the republicans in this past "fiscal cliff" taxes would have went up even more. Republicans largely voted against the 22+ taxes in Obamacare that democrats pushed on all of us. If you don't want higher taxes then vote for republicans.

Swamp - agree. The tax code is a nightmare. Anytime they try and deal with it or help shore-up social security democrats scream "throw granny over the cliff" and the entitled vote against it. We definitely need more common sense and a simpler tax code.

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 2:49 PM

You sidestepped facsism. That's the final goal of your party leaders. Please see it soon.

-- Posted by working class citizen on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 5:55 PM

Yep. Fascism is just around the corner. I can see it coming...

-- Posted by Dug on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 11:16 PM

First, Brian Bollman is a good man and has done a lot of thankless, uncompensated work to inform and educate or at least make it available to you. He's a true patriot...stop your childish trashing of him on this post...that's not what this forum is for. Also, stop pontificating like you have all the answers, 20/20 vision, and God's authority to rubber stamp Obama's class warfare rhetoric as pure gospel. The democrats have claimed themselves the champion of the middle class and the working poor for 50 years and every policy they conjure up and every law they pass is a detriment to the middle class and working poor. You need to open YOUR eyes and get a clue. As far as the selection process that is under way, that's where we are now and we can't be kids and keep crying for a do over, and complaining "no fare" which is obviously communicating that you just want your way and to hell with everybody else. It's like you're saying "it's my turn to play King." If you had the weight of the responsibility of picking the right candidate who can win on your shoulders, I wonder how you would perform. Some of you strident commentators sound so childish in your attempts to sound so "know it all." You're not half as intelligent or as knowledgeable as you pretend. I don't have a crystal ball either but I have a vote on the committee and I have known most of the committee members for awhile now. And if there was an "establishment directive" telling us who to vote for, I would know it. There is no such thing. You're just blustering because you're afraid your guy is not going to win, so you're dropping turds into the punch bowl to get back at everybody. Try being responsible and respect the process that the law prescribes, and work to change it if you don't agree. Just throwing verbal stink bombs in frustration will not help your cause. It may give you some short term satisfaction like a gang banger spray painting graffiti marking your turf, but it won't win you anything. There are good people on this committee who are honest, sincere, and take this task very seriously. We are interviewing, researching, and vetting these candidates in many ways, not just these forums. The forums are mainly for folks like you to come and hear the comparisons and contrasts for yourself. And yes making a persuasive principled case without a teleprompter is key to the role a US Representative will play in representing us. Eddie is not off base on that point. God's Blessings to all.

-- Posted by Justapinion on Sat, Jan 12, 2013, at 11:23 PM

"Respect the process"? That's a good one. How about respecting the electorate? I'm glad you will have a chance to be heard [sarcasm], with your vote in this "process", the rest of us would like a say so as well, before the nomination.

If Mr. Justice actually wanted the people to be informed about the candidates a town hall or debate forum would have been scheduled. Instead the party is fast tracking this nomination "process" to get it done and over with as quickly as possible so the new sock puppet of the party can take their seat for the next 30 plus years.

If you honestly believe that Emerson in conjunction with the party leadership haven't christened her replacement and engineered her timely resignation and exploited this process in an effort to have the best chance at getting that replacement installed, there is a George Strait song that you need to hear, "Ocean Front Property".

If both dominant parties do not wake up and stop ignoring the people they are elected to represent their will be a mass exodus in their ranks and they will go the way of the Whigs. Vote wisely Justapinion and Blessings to you as well.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Sun, Jan 13, 2013, at 9:01 AM

Someone on here was musing about how long Ms. Emerson knew she was leaving.

The current CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association announced his impending retirement, to occur in March of 2013, on 12/5/11.

That's just about a year to the day before she announced she was resigning.

No luck finding out about the search committee's deliberations, that is, what the time course was and who they considered and when.

Oh, and it's pretty clear that just as rural electrification became the "crisis not to ignore" in the 1930's, justifying massive governmental expansion, it's clear that the next "crisis" will be broadband access, and the NRECA has already been extremely involved in lobbying our elected representatives. Before becoming CEO in 1994, Glenn English served 10 terms in the U.S. House, from Oklahoma. He served on a House Agriculture subcommittee dealing with rural telecommunications and electrification. So there's a pattern there.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sun, Jan 13, 2013, at 9:53 AM

It is your duty "Mr. Give me liberty" to tell us who is the person picked who will be appointed in spite of my vote? And the Votes of many others on the committee who have not been made part of this evil conspiracy that you are positive is going to occur? If you can't name him or her; or if you do and it does not come to pass what shall we call you then? How much of a wager do you care to put on your prophetic rant being anything other than sour grapes mixed with bullshit?

-- Posted by Justapinion on Sun, Jan 13, 2013, at 10:08 PM

Oh, Justapinion, gloves are off I take it. No blessings this time? Well let me tell you and this is no BS as you put it, the powers that be, whether you want to believe it or not is for you to discern, have made their pick and included a backup, just in case despite your coveted vote.

Wake up Justapinion and look into the candidates instead of wasting everyone't time commenting do your job, if you do have a vote, then vote for who will best represent the district and not the "party". Blessings to you my friend and may God give you the discernment to make the right decision.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Sun, Jan 13, 2013, at 10:26 PM

Wake up Justapinion and look into the candidates instead of wasting everyone't time commenting do your job, if you do have a vote, then vote for who will best represent the district and not the "party".

That is exactly what I'm doing sir. The only thing I ask of you is to do the same. Perhaps you might consider stop wasting everyone's time and energy exploiting emotions still raw from the last election cycle. I still challenge you to prove your assertions. "My coveted vote" is only one among the majority I know have not committed to anyone yet. Although I have leanings that are probably similar if not the same as yours, I take this responsibility seriously trying to do just what you "ordered" me to do, pick the best one to represent all of Dist 8 conservative principles who can bet the democrat media darling they will most assuredly come up with. I was already on that course before your order. Make no mistake sir, I am fully awake talking and interviewing these candidates daily. Have one at 7:00 AM tomorrow before going to my regular job, that is under threat thanks to this impostor in the white house and his economy killing agenda.

May God give you peace.

-- Posted by Justapinion on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 7:41 PM

Thank You Justapinion, I'm glad you've tempered your message. This administration needs to be stopped at every level, which our new Congress Critter should be at the the forefront of I'd hope.

Since you claim you are vetting and talking to all those in the running I'd suggest you ask Jason Smith and Todd Richardson why they supported setting up the Obamacare Exchanges in our state and why they backed the China hub in St. Louis.

While you are at it ask Jason Smith how his FOUR trips to visit Ms. Emerson in Washington DC went where she introduced him around to the powers that be under her wing of course.

While you are at it ask Todd Richardson what part his father, Mark Richardson played in getting the Missouri Republican party to pull their funding from the Todd Akin Senatorial campaign. Would the Republican Party's backing of Todd Akin helped to unseat Claire McCaskill? Who knows? We'll never know the Republican party pulled it's support. What is known is Mark Richardson, Todd Richardson's Father, can definitely hold a grudge. He's never forgiven Todd Akin for calling for his resignation from our Legislature's leadership when he was arrested for his 3rd Driving Under the Influence Arrest.

Keep doing your due diligence Justapinion. Since the people are being denied a chance to be heard it will be up to you and those like you on the committees to do the right thing. I sure hope you do for all of our sakes. Peace be unto you.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Mon, Jan 14, 2013, at 11:51 PM

Out of this group of candidates the Republican Party should know that the MO dynasty in politics needs to end. Most of this guys are part of that and the committees will be amking a big mistake if they don't consider changing their views towards what is best for the district, state, and country. Guys like Parker and Sotelo would be a better choice than the rest of the group.

-- Posted by concerncitizen086 on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 12:20 PM


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