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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Jason Smith
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Steve Hodges
Democratic and Republican candidates for the June 4 special election in Missouri's 8th Congressional District gained more endorsements from within their own parties this week.

Democrat Steve Hodges, a state representative from East Prairie, Mo., announced Tuesday an endorsement of his bid for Congress from Gov. Jay Nixon, while Republican Jason Smith's campaign sent word Wednesday of an endorsement by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Smith, of Salem, Mo., is the speaker pro tem in the Missouri House of Representatives.

A release from Hodges' campaign quoted Nixon as saying Hodges "would bring some small town, conservative values to the halls of Congress. In Jefferson City, Steve has worked with me, and with Republican legislators, to improve our state's economy by balancing the state budget without raising taxes -- something Washington needs badly."

Hodges' release also asked for campaign contributions. The latest quarterly reports from April 15 on file with the Federal Ethics Commission show Hodges trailing Smith in fundraising. Smith brought in $309,606 during the period from Jan. 1 to March 31 while Hodges raised $120,773.

Palin's endorsement of Smith also included a statement.

"Jason has worked tirelessly to build on the foundation of his humble beginnings and is a responsible and respected leader in the Show Me State," Palin said in the release. "In Washington D.C., Jason will maintain that innate sense of his community and will bring his common sense conservatism to the halls of Congress. Jason recognizes that government is the problem, not the solution. He will protect our Second Amendment rights and work to promote a culture of life."

Hodges and Smith were nominated by congressional committees of their respective parties in February. Both candidates are platforming as conservatives.

Smith's campaign also has announced endorsements from large business, right-to-life, farming and pro-gun organizations and groups, all of Missouri's current Republican members of Congress, Republicans Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Auditor Tom Schweich. Hodges has received endorsement from Attorney General Chris Koster, Secretary of State Jason Kander and Treasurer Clint Zweifel, all of whom are Democrats. Hodges has received many group endorsements in past campaigns for the Missouri House, including those from the National Rifle Association and Missouri Right to Life.

Also running for the congressional seat vacated in January by Republican Jo Ann Emerson are Constitution Party candidate Doug Enyart, Libertarian Bill Slantz and two-write in candidates, Thomas W. Brown and Dr. Robert George.

The special election will be June 4.

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She probably thinks Jason Smith is George Castanza. Could be the kiss of death.

-- Posted by left turn on Wed, May 15, 2013, at 12:13 PM

Which of these conservative candidates will the Southeast Missourian endorse?

-- Posted by TheCamp on Wed, May 15, 2013, at 1:10 PM

Palin you call that an endorsement, you can see the money is starting to come in to play now.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, May 15, 2013, at 3:11 PM

Being endorsed by Palin is not a positive development. Sort of like being endorsed by Moe Larry and Curly.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Wed, May 15, 2013, at 4:49 PM

Bet you, Palin thinks she can see her house from Missouri too. What a joke she is and the republicans are!

-- Posted by Bright mind on Wed, May 15, 2013, at 9:56 PM

Who in the heck cares what Palin thinks??

-- Posted by bball15 on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 12:21 AM

Smith will win hands down thanks to blind allegiance of his party.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 6:19 AM

I doubt Palin could pick Smith out of a 5 person line up.

-- Posted by left turn on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 7:56 AM

Palin endorsing Smith - what a joke. She probably never met the man.

-- Posted by chinook on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 8:20 AM

Oh my god! Could this mean Hodges has a rats chance in hell? A Palin endosement coould be the best thing ever happened to STEVE HODGES~s campaign.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 10:13 AM

My friend Dexterite has a point and is probably right. Smith will probably win because of blind allegiance to party vs principle. My support goes to Doug Enyart, Constitution Party candidate.

When Palin was asked if she would endorse Jason Smith she probably said her four favorite words she uses in nearly every conversation, "Golly darn, you betcha."

-- Posted by swift on Thu, May 16, 2013, at 4:07 PM

Steve's biggest liability (and problem) will be pleasing Nancy Pelosi.

-- Posted by kc135e on Fri, May 17, 2013, at 11:45 PM


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