Conservatives Must Act in Missouri District 8

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 by and is filed under Blog, Elections

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Many grassroots conservatives ask us why the supposed conservative party is not conservative at all.  Well, look no farther than MO-8 for the answer.

It’s not just in swing districts where we are represented by moderate and unprincipled Republicans.  Most of the red district Republicans are not conservative either.  That’s why we instituted the Madison Performance Index in 2011 to expose the number of liberal Republicans in very conservative districts (2012 scores to come soon).

One such district is MO-8 in southern Missouri.

MO-8 is conservative heartland territory and the home of Rush Limbaugh, yet it has been represented by Jo Ann Emerson, one of the most liberal Republicans, for a number of years.  As egregious as her tenure has been, what’s even more disquieting is the fact that we might not fill her seat with a conservative in this age of the Tea Party.

Jo Ann Emerson shocked everyone by announcing her sudden retirement just after standing for reelection a few weeks ago.  So why did she run for reelection when she knew that she’d be taking a new job a few weeks later?  Well, behind every moderate congressman is an aspiring moderate congressman as chief of staff.  Lloyd Smith was Emerson’s chief before ascending to a leadership position in the Missouri state GOP – one which he performed miserably.  Shortly before Emerson’s surprise announcement, Smith resigned as Executive Director of the Missouri GOP.  Now the media is touting him as one of the front-runners to fill Emerson’s seat.

It’s unlikely Smith would have a good shot in a fair primary, but this decision will be made by the members of the 8th District GOP Committee, not the voters.  By 2014, he will be an incumbent.  Sounds like a nice plan.

So who’s the alternative to Smith?  The other name most frequently mentioned is Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder.  This is a man who was attending strip clubs when he was at least 40 years old.  Is this the best we could do?  There are also legitimate concerns that the Democrat governor would appoint a fellow Democrat to fill the vacancy in the Lt. Gov. office.

There are several conservative alternatives who we would like to see chosen by the committee.  Many people often resent national organizations getting involved in local elections, but we have no choice but to fight for conservatism all over the country.  Washington is so darn consequential that there is no such thing as a local race, especially for Congress.  All politics is now national.  A member from Missouri has just as much an effect on taxation, regulation, and subsidization as one in any of our home districts.

This is why we must contact the 90 or so members of the committee and urge then to replace Emerson with someone who is more conservative and in line with the values of the district.

The MO 8th District Committee will meet some time in February to choose the Republicans nominee, who will be the defacto winner of the general election.  Let’s start contacting the committee men and women from the counties in southeast Missouri and let them know that they will be making a decision that not only affects their region, but the country at large.

4 Responses to “Conservatives Must Act in Missouri District 8”

  1. Spoa Steph Says:

    If I had to choose between Kinder vs. Smith, I’d choose Kinder just because he is less of establishment and would likely be more conservative than Smith.

    Has anybody announced that they are running? I haven’t heard anybody declare their bid yet.

    Will Sarah Steelman consider running? Conservatives should encourage her to run. She’d be the best choice who could win.

  2. Michael Chance Says:

    If the nominee for the special election was being selected 6 months ago or earlier (before the committee elections in August), I might agree that either Lloyd Smith or Kinder might have the inside track. But not now. The composition of the county Republican central committees is radically different than at this time last year. You have a lot of folks that ran (and got elected) almost solely based on the issue of being “anti-establishment”, with little to no experience in GOP activitism. Others come from the Tea Party movement, liberty groups (both inside and outside the GOP), Ron Paul devotees (some of whom don’t care one wit for the GOP platform or traditional conservative positions on issues). It’s a real mixed bag. Who could get the nominee is anyone’s guess at this point. The real danger is that a rigid ideologue of one particular faction gets the nomination, but is (a) a horrible campaigner (unable to connect with most traditional Republican voters, let alone independents or conservative Democrats); (b) alienates campaign donors, leaving the campaign cash poor; and/or (c) is prone to making campaign-killing gaffs (see Akin v. McCaskill). This would leave an opening for a nationally funded Dem candidate with a nationally run campaign to steal a close election in a very low (possibly below 100,000 votes) turnout.

    We don’t just need a principled conservative as the 8th Congressional District Republican nominee. We need a principled conservative that can win.

  3. HC Says:

    We need a principled conservative that can win.
    It is true.
    But you also sound like a Republican with the way you resent other “factions”.
    Beware the principle conservative is the way he/she is because of strong traditional American values and a respect for the Constitution as put forth by our forefathers. Is that not also a scary “ideology” to some these days?
    There needs to be an agreement to what is the best for our country AT THIS TIME. But there is too much pride in one’s own beliefs to agree with another, not to mention some freaking patience to get this right!
    This is why we lost the Presidential election.

  4. HC Says:

    Nice logo, Madison Project!

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