- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Crowell leads effort to cut low-income tax credits in Missouri (11/19/17)6
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.