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Roorda on the Air

19 Oct

Just as I recently expressed surprise at the dollar amounts involved in the race for state Senate district 3, I am similarly surprised to see a TV commercial in the race for the 113th House district by Democratic candidate Jeff Roorda. Here it is:

In the ad, he repeats his “public servant, not a politician” line and recounts his resume. Two observations:

  • The narrator sounds like he comes from a Saturday Night Live parody campaign commercial.
  • “One of the most decorated police officers in Jefferson County history” is a rather bold claim.

Roorda says this ad will air on Charter Cable, Dish Network and DirectTV. You can apparently use cable ads to microtarget neighborhoods and demographics, likely at lower cost than placing ads over the air or with cable networks.

I wrote back in the early days of this blog about Roorda’s record as an Arnold cop. He has posted an article with his version of events here. Roorda has lately had some involvement in the campaign for Prop A (local control of the St. Louis police) in his role as business manager of the police union.

Roorda is running against Dan Smith, who I haven’t heard much from.

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Jefferson County GOP Caucus Update

7 Apr

I wrote about the March 17 county caucus here. Much controversy and chaos occurred at the meeting, at which the establishment GOP types in the county Central Committee appeared to corrupt the proceedings in favor of a pro-Santorum slate of delegates. The Paul and Romney campaigns have filed protests with the Missouri GOP. In addition, county resident and caucus attendee Casey Pearcy filed a challenge. The letter he submitted is below, and it summarizes the complaints with the way the caucus was administered quite well.

This video also sums up the main allegations:

Here’s the challenge letter from the Romney/Paul campaigns. It includes a narrative of the events at the caucus. This report also sums up the proceedings. According to the latter report, the State Credentials Committee will hear the Jefferson County challenge on April 12. The Congressional District Conventions are scheduled for April 21 and the State Convention will be June 1-2.

Carnahan: Angling for Cushy Job?

8 Mar

24th State suggested leading up to the 2010 election that 3rd District Congressman Russ Carnahan didn’t really want to stay in Congress much longer, even if he were to survive that year’s race, which he barely did. The site thought he would be on the lookout for a “cushy international lobbyist job, or get made an ambassador or some junior level position in the State Department.”

This theory came to mind earlier this week when Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill stated that she was trying to avert the pending Clay vs. Carnahan civil war in the 1st Congressional District:

But McCaskill, in a brief interview Saturday in Hannibal, suggested there is a chance the party could bypass such a fracas – and hinted that she was working towards that goal.

“The prospect of that primary gives me a stomachache and I’m hoping it gets worked out,” McCaskill said.

She said she is talking to both Clay and Carnahan, but declined to provide details of their conversations.

The most likely way to avoid this war would be for one of the candidates to find other employment or another race. Carnahan would be the more likely candidate to take an out, but there’s really no other race for him to run. He could try to run for lieutenant governor or something, but that would be a huge demotion, and I doubt he could win a statewide race in Missouri. He wasn’t going to try to run in the 2nd District, because a Republican will win that one. So the most likely out would be a cushy job, one with big pay and few responsibilities.

But hope for this seems to have died:

Over the weekend, McCaskill was quoted at the Democratic gathering in Hannibal, Mo that she was reaching out to both men and hoping for a way to bypass the fight. That led to speculation that McCaskill might be called upon by the party to lobby the White House to give Carnahan a face-saving federal post in exchange for dropping out. There is apparently no such deal in the works.

But maybe this is just a temporary setback. Maybe Carnahan is holding out for a better offer. He is  continuing to hope that the Missouri Supreme Court throws out the redistricting map, which would require the creation of new districts, giving Carnahan a shot at a better one to run in. But that’s unlikely. Maybe he will wait until that decision is handed down before shopping for a golden parachute.

But I hope one is not forthcoming. This would be a very interesting primary.

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