- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Moriarty's past speaks for itself
It is a name out of Missouri's past: Judi Moriarty, now Judi Moriarty-Ebbers. She is Missouri's former secretary of state and the only statewide official ever to be impeached by the House of Representatives and ousted from office after a trial before the Supreme Court.
While serving as Missouri's chief election official, Moriarty-Ebbers was found guilty in Cole County Circuit Court of a misdemeanor charge of backdating her son's filing paperwork for a state House seat. The Missouri House approved three articles of impeachment, and the Missouri Supreme Court voted to oust Moriarty-Ebbers in December 1994.
Moriarty's opponent is former Republican State Rep. Todd Smith, also of Sedalia. Smith, first elected at age 26, was a popular and effective member of the House for a ten-year period ending in 1995.
He has served the last several years as a Pettis County commissioner. He would be a formidable opponent for any candidate, much less for one with Moriarty's baggage.
The race to date is a low-key one, with neither candidate doing much fund raising nor drawing much attention to it. For his part, GOP-er Smith says he doesn't intend to raise the issue of his opponent's past stewardship in office.
One suspects he needn't do so. Some things speak for themselves.