Waller and the Tea Party

1 Apr

I find it rather interesting that the wife of Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller, Trina, filed to run for county treasurer. In fact, she filed five minutes before the deadline (I’m guessing either to ensure she would get her name on the bottom of the ballot or to see if anyone else was running, only to jump in when nobody else did). The reason I find this interesting is that the former head of the Jefferson County Tea Party, Ken Horton, had already decided to run for this position. The two will face off in the GOP primary on August 7.

On Election Night 2010, Ken Waller was at the Tea Party’s election soiree in Pevely. Since then, though, he seems to have had some friction with the County Council, which has a 6-1 GOP majority. Several of the council members have Tea Party ties. It seems to me that the Wallers would only decide that Trina should run for treasurer if they weren’t thrilled with the idea of Horton holding that job. Maybe Mr. Waller would prefer to have an establishment-type Republican serve in that role, assuming that the winner of the GOP primary defeats incumbent Linda Nees in November (note: Mr. Waller was once county treasurer himself).



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    […] mentioned the Ken Horton-Trina Waller county treasurer faceoff here. Notably, Horton stepped down from heading the JC Tea Party to run for this position, turning that […]


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