We don’t have to venture off deep into blue territory and knock off Democrats in order to pick up seats in the House and Senate. In fact, there are many solid red seats, which are currently represented by moderate Republicans, and they are ripe for picking.
One of the most absurd misrepresentations in Congress is Jo Ann Emerson representing conservative southern Missouri – MO-8.
Emerson has the most liberal voting record in her state’s GOP delegation and has one of the most liberal records in the entire conference. She is a member of the RINO Republican Main Street Partnership, a co-founder of the Center Aisle Caucus, and the Chair of the Tuesday Group, a meeting of House liberal Republicans.
Emerson had a long history of liberalism long before this legislative session. She supports price and wage controls and every form of subsidy and bailout under the sun. She voted for No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, Sarbanes-Oxley, SCHIP, and TARP. She is a big-supporter of government-run healthcare, and even flirted with the idea of supporting Obamacare.
Her liberal voting record compared to her conservative district earns her a -44 on our Madison Performance Index.
Today, Rep. Emerson has announced that she plans to retire. This is great news. It looks like she is planning to vacate her seat in February, setting the stage for a special election in just a few months. By electing a conservative to fill this seat, we will be netting a seat just as we would by turning over a Democrat seat. There is virtually no difference, other than this is a solid conservative district. It’s open seats like this that we must win over.
So, fellow Missouri tea partiers, who do you want to see in this seat?