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Jason Smith wins Republican nod in 8th District

Sunday, February 10, 2013

State Rep. Jason Smith of Salem, Mo., speaks after receiving the nomination of the Republican 8th District Congressional Committee after six rounds of voting Saturday in Van Buren, Mo. At right is committee chairman Eddy Justice. Smith will run in a June special election that will decide who will replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
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VAN BUREN, Mo. -- He needed 50 votes. He received 55.

Jason Smith described the range of emotions he endured through six rounds of voting.

"It was like a roller coaster," Missouri's House speaker pro tem said minutes after he emerged the winner of the 8th Congressional District's Republican nomination as chosen by an 84-member committee Saturday in Van Buren. "It was like going through six elections in one day."

Since former U.S. representative Jo Ann Emerson's Dec. 3 announcement of her forthcoming resignation, numerous Republicans have traveled the district seeking the support of committee members, who were charged with nominating a candidate to run in a June 4 special election to fill her seat in Congress.

Smith, along with former Missouri Republican Party director Lloyd Smith, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former state legislator Jason Crowell and state Rep. Todd Richardson, were seen as front-runners going into the weekend. By Saturday morning, the number of candidates in the field stood at 10 as former state treasurer and former state senator Sarah Steelman bowed out.

About 425 spectators joined 84 committee members and remaining candidates at the meeting in Van Buren, a city of about 832. Two members from the 86-member committee were unable to attend. The winner would need 50 percent of the 98 votes to be cast -- plus one -- or 50 votes.

Six rounds of voting took place before a winner was determined, but Smith built support ever so slightly in each round. All candidates received nominations from the committee, but those with the lowest number of votes were eliminated in each round.

In the first round Smith, with 28, had the most votes. His closest rival, Lloyd Smith, trailed by 14 votes. Bob Parker, a rancher and real estate investor from Raymondville, Mo., bested Kinder, Richardson and Crowell in the round.

By the third round, Smith had 34 votes. Former congressman Wendell Bailey of Willow Springs, Mo., was eliminated, and Parker saw his support begin to wane. As he waited for ballots to be counted, Parker offered an insight into his thinking.

"I guess my biggest problem right now are the Jason Crowell votes. We are both independent thinkers and draw similar votes," Parker said.

Votes for Smith swelled to 39 in round four, with Parker eliminated, and 47 in round five, as Richardson was cut from the field.

After a short break during which committee chairman Eddy Justice asked if any of the remaining candidates wanted out; Lloyd Smith withdrew.

Those familiar with a friendship between Lloyd Smith and Kinder knew where the former staffer for Jo Ann and her late husband Bill Emerson was attempting to throw his support.

But the votes for Kinder never materialized.

"As has been the case many times in the 32 years I have known Lloyd, I was moved by his act of friendship and selflessness, and it is never to be forgotten. It was very touching," Kinder said after the sixth-round vote in which Jason Smith secured the nomination.

Smith, 32, was first elected to the House in 2005 to represent the 120th House District, which covers parts of Crawford and Phelps counties. Through two public forums he voiced his beliefs in conservative values and spoke for limited government -- a message that resonated with committee members, who represent the 30 counties and legislative districts within the 8th Congressional District.

Smith visited with each of the 86 committee members at least twice, putting about 10,000 miles on his car in the process, he told the Southeast Missourian after the meeting.

During a news conference, Smith said the district can expect representation similar to that provided by Jo Ann Emerson if he were to win the special election. He noted one difference is that he is more conservative, although he does not hold the same position as Emerson on an issue like embryonic stem-cell research, which Emerson voted to allow.

"I'm not running to replace Congresswoman's Emerson's seat," Smith said. "I'm running to replace the peoples' seat of the 8th District."

Smith, who will remain in his role as speaker pro tem, plans to form a campaign team Saturday night and will try to raise between $800,000 and $1 million for the brief campaign.

Smith will run in a congressional district that has leaned heavily to the right since Bill Emerson was elected in 1980.

Libertarians also nominated a candidate Saturday to face Smith and a Democratic Party nominee. Democrats will nominate their candidate next Saturday in Poplar Bluff, Mo.



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Why would Lloyd Smith drop out? He was the best choice!

-- Posted by OlderEagle on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 2:42 PM

Lloyd dropped out before 6th round to assure Missouri Speaker Pro Tem Rep Jason Smith had the majority over Kinder and Crowell, if the SEMO reporter has those who were dropped each round correct. Here is the rest of the story. Rep Jason Smith's win of the GOP 8CD nomination for United States Congress means one less Republican in the Missouri House. That makes the MO GOP 157th Legislative District nominee, MIKE MOON, even more of a focus to win his Special Election Apr 2. Lawrence County - District 157 Republicans lost the February Special Election in 2006 to democrat "Doc" Charlie Chuck Dake, DVM. Chuck Dake is the democrat nominee for the 157th Special Election for Apr 2. Mike, who has run twice in the Republican primary for Representative of the 7th Congressional district (eleven counties) has yet to win his first elective office. Mike is a strong conservative Republican but will be played like Harry Reed-Claire McCaskill played Congressman Todd Akin for the U.S. Senate race.

-- Posted by Rabbi Eukel on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 3:34 PM

Peter Kinder 22 and Jason Crowell 21 were not going to overcome Jason Smith's 47 in the 6th round so Llyod Smith's dropping out before the 6th round vote assured Rep Jason Smith 47 votes the gain to over 50 votes! The final fourL Jason Smith, Peter Kinder, Jason Crowell and Lloyd Smith. Also it should be mentioned that before this 8CD nomination Sarah Steelman, Dan Brown and Sen Wayne Wallingford had dropped out. Wendell Bailey had 5 votes that kept him in to the third round. Bob Parker had eight votes to take him through the fourth round. Cant tell how many Todd Richardson had but less than Lloyd Smith's 17 in the 5th round to eliminate him. Former Executive director of the MO GOP showed smart politics to ensure a Rep Jason Smith win over Kiner and Crowell before the 6th round votes. Congratulations to Chairman Eddy Justice for the smooth nominating process.

-- Posted by Rabbi Eukel on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 4:03 PM

It looks to me that the committee took more to the moderate approach of Smith than the hard nosed positions of Kinder and Crowell. I don't know how well Smith will play out in the eastern districts. Some people will not care about any of his positions as lond as he has an 'R' next to his name. When will Crowell announce his independent run? I say in the next two weeks. Sfter all, his ego has no parallels.

-- Posted by left turn on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 4:45 PM

Who is Jason Smith? Enter the political clowns Crowell and Kinder on the independent ballot.

-- Posted by Ck1993 on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 7:26 PM

For those who haven't heard yet and want the quick answer to whom our Republican Nominee is to replace Jo Ann Emerson, it went down exactly as predicted. Jo Ann Emerson's pick along with establishment Republican "leadership" in the district went to Jason Smith. Meet the new boss the same as the old boss folks.

The bad news is, that if Smith wins, barring any major scandal or contentious vote he could very likely be our Representative for the next 30-40 years unless he moves further up the Washington food chain to take a more prestigious position as he has done here forsaking the position he was just elected to for this greater opportunity. There will now have to be another election to replace Jason Smith as the representative for district 150 for our Missouri legislature potentially leaving our veto proof majority in jeopardy .

For those that would like a summary of what occurred I found it rather convenient that Sarah Steelman apparently dropped out last night or possibly the night before. See was not nominated from the floor and did not attend the meeting. She likely was poised to take away some of the votes from Jason Smith since she is from Phelps County and the Rolla area where Jason Smith is the sitting representative and she is very popular there among conservative republicans. How fortunate for Jason Smith that Mrs. Steelman choose to drop out at the last minute when an early lead in this race was so important for him to maintain.

The way the rules committee set up the process a vote would be taken from the 98 votes that were present. There were supposed to be a total of 100 votes cast each round but either a member that had two votes or two members with a single vote each apparently failed to attend the meeting. Each round would then be 98 votes with a candidate needing 51 votes to secure the nomination. The candidate that failed to receive a vote or the candidate that received the fewest votes each round would be eliminated from the process. In the event that two candidates tied for the fewest votes, both would be eliminated. It is important to note that after each round the candidates were asked if they would like to withdraw themselves from consideration. This will be important later.

Results from Round One of Voting

04 Wendell Bailey

28 Jason Smith

13 Bob Parker

11 Todd Richardson

02 Clint Tracy

14 Lloyd Smith

10 Jason Crowell

10 Peter Kinder

05 Scott Lipke

01 John Tyrrell

John Tyrrell was eliminated from the first round

Results from Round Two of Voting

03 Wendell Bailey

33 Jason Smith

13 Bob Parker

11 Todd Richardson

01 Clint Tracy

17 Lloyd Smith

12 Jason Crowell

07 Peter Kinder

01 Scott Lipke

Scott Lipke and Clint Tracy were eliminated in 2nd round

Results from Round Three of Voting

03 Wendell Bailey

34 Jason Smith

09 Bob Parker

10 Todd Richardson

16 Lloyd Smith

15 Jason Crowell

11 Peter Kinder

Wendell Bailey was eliminated from the third round

Results from Round Four of Voting

39 Jason Smith

05 Bob Parker

09 Todd Richardson

13 Lloyd Smith

20 Jason Crowell

12 Peter Kinder

Bob Parker was eliminated from the fourth round

Results from Round Fifth of Voting

47 Jason Smith

06 Todd Richardson

11 Lloyd Smith

21 Jason Crowell

12 Peter Kinder

Todd Richardson is eliminated and Lloyd Smith withdraws from consideration.

This only added up to 97 votes one member's vote could not be counted do to improperly filling out the ballot, I believe. If I am wrong please correct me, but that's what I believe the chairman Eddy Justice had stated.

Todd Richardson was eliminated in the fifth round. It is also important to note that Lloyd Smith at this time chose to take the speaker up on his question of "Does any candidate wish to withdraw their name from consideration?" A very convenient move by Mr. Lloyd Smith, as strong conservatives were eliminated and migrating towards Jason Crowel, Mr. Lloyd Smith's establishment loyalists migrate to Jason Smith and Peter Kinder in the last round of voting. Well played Lloyd, almost like it was planned to happen.

The results of the 6th and final round of voting

55 Jason Smith

21 Jason Crowell

22 Peter Kinder

Jason Smith wins enough Republican committee votes to be the nominee in the upcoming special election slated for June. Again, meet your new boss same as the old boss. Way to go committee members! You couldn't have picked a better clone of Jo Ann Emerson than Jason Smith (whom she graciously took under her wing in at least four trips to DC in the recent past and lets not forget Ms. Emerson's current husband supporting Jason Smith in a public online poll) unless of course you picked Lloyd Smith himself. Jason is young though and you should, barring any unforeseen circumstances be able to get at least 3 more decades of him doing the will of the party as you have out of the Emersons these last 32 years.

Jason Smith gave a heartfelt speech full of patriotic rhetoric and anti Liberal vitriol all the while crying crocodile tears that would have put the current speaker John Boehner to shame. Yea, committee, Jason Smith will fit right in DC and you can bet nothing will change here for us in the 8th district. At least Jo Ann Emerson staffers won't have to worry. There jobs and offices will be secure for the foreseeable future as is their 4 million plus combined salaries and expenses. The travesty that occurred today just reinforces for me just how ineffective and irrelevant the Grand Ol' Party has become. It's time for something new. You no longer represent those whom you are supposed to serve as this "process" clearly demonstrated and you likely haven't for decades.

That's my take on today's disgusting excuse for a selection process.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 8:48 PM

We the electorate of the 8th district were duped again.

Thanks Mo Republican Party. If Jo Ann had some decency and respect for us, she would not have run in the primary. But instead, Eddy Justin and the Emerson machine are able to get their guy, Jason Smith, in her place. Thanks alot.

Shame on the Mo Republican Party. Going to campaign hard for the democrat.

-- Posted by Tired of Elite Washington on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 11:57 PM

Can't please everyone! You whiners are incorrigible ! You preach liberty but want to rule as tyrants. It's either your way or you scream foul play . Study up on what a constitutional republic is and than reevaluate your insane comments. Sheesh!!!

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 12:16 AM

Hey Bio, tell me again how in a constitutional republic 98 votes speaks for nearly 500 thousand people and maybe I'll give anything you may have to say some credence. Til then enjoy your win Shill.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 12:53 AM

98 votes spread out between 84 people that was to reflect nearly half a million republicans. Keep spinning Bio just like you spun for Emerson for all those years. If there is any Justice and not just Eddy Justice, I hope you and your ilk are out on your butts in June.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 12:59 AM

In a constitutional republic, we follow the law. If we dont like it, we get our legislature to change it. Today the Republicans and the Libertarians followed the law. Next week the Democrats will follow the law as set forth by the Missouri State Statute.

Enough said.

-- Posted by bionicrotor on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 3:01 AM

Going with the democrat nominee.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 6:27 AM

Many members of the committee did a great deal of research on all the candidates before casting their votes. I would not hesitate to say that the candidates were scrutinized far more carefully, and with greater depth, than in any typical primary race by any typical primary voter. Some of the candidates had journal records from the state House or Senate to dissect, as well as those Missouri Ethics Commission financial records to review. So, why did you vote this or that way on MOSIRA and/or China Hub? and what did this big donor expect you to do for them? became questions that had to be answered. The compressed time frame made it pretty impossible to have expensive, focus-grouped electronic media pitches in circulation, bleating incessantly to brainwash the voters into supporting this or that candidate.

Reading, and understanding, election law covering vacancies, as well as the law moving through the state house currently (H.B. 110), was factored in by some.

Really, I believe the media tried their best to influence the outcome. No one could look at the studied oblivion with which it treated Bob Parker, who cared enough to sacrifice nearly all his time to campaign all over the district for 4 years, and put so much pressure on the incumbent in two primary races, and think there was anything objective or fair going on. The podcast from the St. Louis Beacon Thursday had some guy threatening "4 or 5 Independent races" if Mr. Parker won the nomination. What kind of "journalism" is that? I think that is pretty sorry journalism.

Bob Parker has a legacy, and it is this: he dethroned the incumbent. Period. I personally will be forever grateful to him.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 8:23 AM

Shalom ~ Good reporting, Erin ~ Not yet read all the comments but the one which gives the vote tally is important. Will digest later. Interesting that L. Smith's withdrawing before the 6th round votes was to help Kinder but the 8CD committee members did not follow those wishes.

-- Posted by Rabbi Eukel on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 8:30 AM

Not sure how this process works. Wish the live feed had been available to watch. Thanks for the feed to the twitter posts so we could get an ongoing account of what was happening there!

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 9:55 AM

Jason Smith is just another establishment politician. I was at Van Buren and it was one of the biggest shams I have ever seen in watching politics for over 50 years. What a joke! I would not vote for Jason Smith for dog catcher.

-- Posted by born right on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 10:21 AM

At a recent county committee meeting, Smith was asked,

"You were elected to be our State Representative, now here you are ready to quit that job just so you can go after a better job. If the committee does nominate you and you go to congress, are you likely to quit that job when the next better job comes along?"

Smith said, "No, I won't do that"

Smith was reminded that that was exactly what he was doing now.

Smith then went into political double-talk mode and started rambling about how he was giving the committee the chance to decide whether they wanted him to stay in his current job or go to congress, completely ignoring the fact that it was the people who had elected him as State Representative, not the committee.

This guy was actually standing there telling us that he would not do the very thing that he was at that moment doing.

Smith can not be trusted to fulfill his commitment to those who elect him.

-- Posted by Audit The Fed on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 11:00 AM

I wonder if the center of gravity for the 8th district has now moved west.

-- Posted by Grit on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 11:21 AM

Sounds to me that, after a thorough vetting, and a multiple ballot deliberative process, a person who could bring divergent views together won. Congratulations, MR Smith. The traits you have shown in this process will hold you in good stead amongst the diversity you will encounter in Washington.

-- Posted by VIKED on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 12:55 PM

OK, Where is out political base now ???? Not in Cape Girardeau ! Salem???? Isn't that nearer to Jefferson City than to the Bootheel ??? Guess I will pick the closes one to Cape...might well be a Democrat!

-- Posted by CB1 on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 12:58 PM

Shalom ~ Have read several print media accounts, followed as best able after Shabbat service live twitter feeds giving analysis after the fact and various comments. I am always disappointed by those who complain about "process" but don't understand it and are not involved to the extent they can participate within the process. Truth is their complains about "process" is a smokescreen for the results. Their "guy" did not win, nor could have and so it must be unfair. The MO GOP 157th LD just completed a similar process (smaller scale, but the same nominating requirements). Our print media is AWOL on political coverage intentionally. But our facility was packed (in fact, we had to move to a wider larger space. Admiration for all those conservative observers and 29 District Members-Nominators who picked up their chairs and rearranged them in under 10 minutes so that we started only 5 minutes past the stated start time!). We were prepared for 5 rounds with different colored secret ballots, only needed two rounds. Candidate-nominees had 3 minute opening, 2 minute close and 7 minutes to answer 6 questions while other candidate's sequestered. Initially we had six, two dropped before the Nominating meeting and one dropped before voting begin. With the lowest vote getter dropped rule, it took only two rounds for a clear majority to emerge for the Republican Nominee for State Representative - District 157, MIKE MOON.

-- Posted by Rabbi Eukel on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 1:33 PM

We need to get an Republican from SE Missouri to run as a independent Republican. People from Dent county have a hard time counting there toes twice and getting the same number.

-- Posted by jackson88parent on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 3:01 PM

All elections should be like this. That way we could still live in a democracy without actually having to take the effort to go the polling place ourselves.

-- Posted by Courtois on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 3:59 PM

Has Jason Smith ever actually won a contested primary?

-- Posted by Courtois on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 4:01 PM

I'm impressed with Smith's kitchen table pitches and obvious ability to sway small groups. Between his house leadership position and this vote there is no doubt he can wheel and deal with the beat of them in DC.

I'd also like to point out that there are 3 open seats in congress right now and only missouri uses the secretive backroom method of selection. It's time to change this law. Process does matter.

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 4:27 PM

I wouldn't use the adjective "secretive" when there were 3 candidate forums open to the public, the MO GOP has a publicly available website with committee members listed on it so that you can call/communicate with the person from your area, the county committees are listed on the same website and you can get in touch with your county committee chair (or others) and give your input, the nomination meeting was open to the public and the vote totals were displayed, and average citizens from the committee were watching the ballots being counted, one at a time.

Mr. Justice followed Missouri statutes.

There were few people who would have been better informed than some of those 8th District committee members, regarding each candidate's qualifications, strengths, weaknesses, and ideological mindsets. This is an unusual situation, to be sure, but mobilizing the vast swath of the electorate to fill the GOP ballot position is definitely a problem: the vacancy would no doubt exist for much longer, and we are in a state that has no voter registration by party. Do you want Claire McCaskill running another ad, practicing thought insertion techniques to affect the outcome?

Direct democracy--referred to some as "mob rule"--definitely has its problems. The great majority of people might just vote for the candidate promising the most freebies.

Think of the 8th CD committee as sort of an "electoral college" for a house seat.

I guess we all know who put us in this situation, and I hope we don't forget.

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 6:11 PM

Givemeliberty: In the electoral college, you know for whom your representative is likely to vote. In fact, 99% of the time the party's electors for the party's candidate. In this nomination process, you select a committeeperson who select leadership who in turn select the candidate. So I do not think of it as an "electoral college" for a house seat. I think of it as the politburo.

-- Posted by Courtois on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 6:51 PM

Maybe we should get rid of direct election of us senators too. Go back to the days when our well informed state legislators chose and we nuisances (ie we the people) had no say. But heck, even in those old backward days I knew how my representative votes, unlike yesterday.

Unfortunately, unlike the other 2 states with open seats in congress, missouri has an antiquated system that rewards political party loyalists with too much power and say.

And choosing to have a secret ballot is secretive.

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 7:11 PM

I hope the democrats will use a roll call vote to nominate their candidate. If the committee members don't have the conviction and courage to stand up and declare who they are for, how can they expect their congress people to stand up for them?

-- Posted by left turn on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 7:23 PM

I believe that a 32 year old guy who looks like George Kastanza is quite vulnerable. If the Democrats run a moderate with a successful background, there just might be a surprise a'comin.

-- Posted by JungleJim on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 8:31 PM

The process is what it is. 2014 will allow the people to decide who is best equipped to serve the 8th congressional district. I hope there are many choices, because there are several strong candidates who might be available.

-- Posted by smcpheeters on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 8:56 PM

smcpheeters: Jason Smith is obviously best equipped to serve the district. That's what the enlightened elites have determined. Smith will probably be heavily funded by the NRCC as well as have all the other advantages of the incumbency. Hope he rewards his unknown supporters handsomely, because they have delivered a lifelong seat to him.

-- Posted by Courtois on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 9:10 PM

Yes, I think the center of gravity of the 8th district has moved west, at least for now. No one geographic area (bootheel, Cape/Sikeston area, Poplar Bluff area, Jefferson county,Farmington area, Rolla/Salem area, western counties) has enough votes by itself to get someone elected. What is more important than where someone is from is what their views are on the issues; the center of gravity in the district has clearly been moving to the right for a long time from a conservative/liberal standpoint.

-- Posted by tom on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 10:18 PM

Guess it is just a waiting game now to find out who the Democrat will be.

-- Posted by Pops90 on Sun, Feb 10, 2013, at 10:45 PM

What lesson should people take away from this process? Get involved. Start attending the committee meetings of the party you feel most aligned with. Look at your voter card to see what township or ward you're in. Come 2014, run for your township or ward's committee seat on that party's committee. The county committees typically meet once a month, for an hour or two. That's less than one NFL game, per month.

Learn the rules. Look up RSMo Chapter 115 ("Election Authorities and Conduct of Elections") at www.moga.mo.gov/STATUTES/STATUTES.HTM and read them for yourself. Go to the website of the Missouri House (www.house.mo.gov) and the Missouri Senate (www.senate.mo.gov) and see what's going on. Find your legislators, go to their pages, and ask to get their legislative updates via email or snailmail. They all have Jefferson City office numbers posted there.

Read the U.S. Constitution. Here's some food for thought: states are not supposed to sign treaties with foreign powers (Article I, Section 10, Paragraph 3). Ask yourself why no one said "Boo" when Governor Nixon signed a trade agreement with Communist China.

Remember what Jefferson said: "All tyranny needs to get a foothold is for good people to remain silent."

-- Posted by Givemeliberty on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 9:10 AM

Jason Smith is a new kind of leader who will be a great congressman. He is a great choice and brings to the 8th district a new generation. He is not an extremist; he is a common sense conservattive.

-- Posted by missouri21 on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 9:34 AM

"Common sense conservative" what a laugh. In all the press prior to this nomination "process" Jason Smith was painted as the 2nd coming of Patrick Henry a true Constitutionalist. Yeah right, now that you've been successful at fooling the committee members the spin is on to paint him as just another moderate Republican. Don't worry the SE Missourian and all it's affiliate media outlets will help you in that endeavor I'm sure now that Mr. Smith wants to reach out to Dixie Democrats and independents.

What a joke, "Mr. Smith" goes to Washington. I for one CAN definitely wait to read that headline and I'm surprised his PR Machine hasn't picked up on it already. Here's hoping the Constitution Party and the Libertarians put forward candidates that if nothing else can split this vote. If Smith's bid is unsuccessful at least we will have the luxury of letting the people pick the republican candidate in 2014 via an open primary that they were denied in this case as was the plan from the beginning.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 1:23 PM

Just because Mr. Smith is from Salem does not mean that he cannot represent this side of the district well. The Emerson's represented the west side for 32 years and helped them by finishing Hwy. 60 lest not forget that. If a person is elected they will serve all. Also the person who said there were 500,000 in this district doesn't know anything. There are 780,000 so know your business before you go spouting out numbers. People cannot give Mr. Smith a chance before they start carving away at him. Bob Parker supporters just need to accept the fact that he WILL never be Congressman. Maybe they did not choose Peter Kinder or Jason Crowell is because they are of the same magnitude as Bob Parker.

-- Posted by Tom B. on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 1:55 PM

Tom the 500K comment was rounding up those who vote republican in the district. This is about the Republican nomination. Of course the elected representative will be responsible for representing nearly 800K people which no one person can do effectively.

-- Posted by LibertyNeverDies on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 2:27 PM

Exactly what I hoped wouldnot happen and was afraid would! Did you read what Smith says between the lines? Same as Emerson! Oh he'll talk like a conservative for a little while and then it's move to 48% conservative or less!

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 7:28 PM

cool...an election decided without all the annoying tv ads and phone calls. why can't they all be like this.

-- Posted by CSP on Mon, Feb 11, 2013, at 7:43 PM

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