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GOP state senator appears ready to switch parties (Missouri RINO jumps ship)
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Posted on 08/01/2007 1:26:30 PM PDT by SConservative

JEFFERSON CITY — Chris Koster, a Republican state senator and champion of stem cell research, is expected to announce today that he is switching to the Democratic Party.

Koster, a candidate for attorney general next year, will hold news conferences in Columbia, Harrisonville and St. Louis. In a news release, he promised "a speech that may transform the political landscape of Missouri."

Koster, of Harrisonville near Kansas City, resigned late Tuesday as chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus. His resignation letter, hand-delivered by Koster's secretary to the office of Senate President Pro Tem Mike Gibbons, gave no explanation.

Koster's campaign spokeswoman, Elisabeth Smith, would not confirm that he is leaving the GOP. But Smith's association with Koster was itself a signal: Smith worked for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, in the 2006 campaign.

-- CLIP

Koster was calling major donors Tuesday to alert them to his plans. By late afternoon, word had spread to Democratic operatives. Mike Kelley, a Democratic consultant, said he had "heard it too many places for it not to be true."

Koster could have had trouble winning a Republican statewide primary because of his strong stance favoring embryonic stem cell research.

-- CLIP

If Koster becomes a Democrat, control of the Senate will not change. Republicans outnumber Democrats 20-13. There is one vacancy, a St. Charles County seat vacated this summer by Republican Chuck Gross.

Kelley, the Democratic consultant, said he hoped Koster would run for re-election to his Senate seat instead of seeking the attorney general's post.

"If he is truly switching parties because he's upset with (Gov.) Matt Blunt, the best way to show it is to help us take the Senate back from Republicans," Kelley said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: abortion; alreadyposted; democrats; legislature; republicans; seeya; traitor; treason
So a pro-abortion 'maverick' decides to jump ship and switch parties? Sounds like rank opportunism to me. He just wants to run for state attorney general and he's willing to sell out to get it. The GOP will be none the poorer without him.

Note that GOP control of the state senate will remain in tact, proving the man's selfishness. Finally, there's an excellent chance the GOP will win back his seat, because this guy will be busy running for attorney general.

Liberals are funny folk, aren't they?

1 posted on 08/01/2007 1:26:37 PM PDT by SConservative
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To: SConservative
Well at least he’s No longer a RINO. I myself have thought of jumping ship and becoming an Independent Voter,especially after the Republican’s in the Senate have been stabbing us in the back.

Hopefully the RNC.advises these Republicans that they are on borrowed time and they had better get themselves straight.

2 posted on 08/01/2007 1:30:40 PM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: SConservative

Darn. I was hoping a national RINO was leaving.


3 posted on 08/01/2007 1:32:36 PM PDT by BinaryBoy
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To: SConservative

Jay Nixon is a Hearnes Democrat. This guy won’t win a Democratic primary either, because he’s a poofy little pissant with an inflated opinion of himself.


4 posted on 08/01/2007 1:33:16 PM PDT by steve8714
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To: SConservative

There’s another one supposedly leaving. Some woman; but I am not sure where or who she is or if it is state level.


5 posted on 08/01/2007 1:40:42 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: SConservative

Thenh I hope he also plans to resign from the MO Legislature...

It’s one thing to change your party ...he has that optoion in his private life...

But he ran as a Republican and he is breaking faith with the people who voted for him...he had a contract with his electrate...they spent time and money to get him elected to office and placed him there as a Republican...

He needs to stand down and run in 2008 as a Democrat

MO should hold a special election...


6 posted on 08/01/2007 1:45:39 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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You’re correct Tenn Nana. If a person runs and wins in one party, if he/she decides to switch parties, they should lose their seat and have to rerun at a later date. Only makes sense, but that’s why it will never happen.
7 posted on 08/01/2007 1:53:30 PM PDT by antiunion person (Wait until American hating liberals hear about this.)
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To: SConservative

Koster was a Republican?


8 posted on 08/01/2007 1:54:48 PM PDT by RabidBartender (Al-Qaeda doesn't need an intelligence network. They have the U.S. media.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

absolutely right. The Democrats who have changed to Republican have done it honestly, not like this. He should be forced to resign.


9 posted on 08/01/2007 1:55:16 PM PDT by balch3
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To: SConservative

“So a pro-abortion ‘maverick’ decides to jump ship and switch parties? Sounds like rank opportunism to me. He just wants to run for state attorney general and he’s willing to sell out to get it. The GOP will be none the poorer without him.
Note that GOP control of the state senate will remain in tact, proving the man’s selfishness. Finally, there’s an excellent chance the GOP will win back his seat, because this guy will be busy running for attorney general.

Liberals are funny folk, aren’t they?”

I agree and add Liberals all seem to think this is a game.


10 posted on 08/01/2007 1:58:13 PM PDT by aimee5291
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To: SConservative
The average IQ of both parties has been increased.
11 posted on 08/01/2007 1:58:15 PM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: balch3
The Democrats who have changed to Republican have done it honestly, not like this.

Not always. Richard Shelby switched parties in 1994 and didn't run as a Republican until 1998. Ben Nighthorse Campbell switched in 1995 and didn't face the electorate again until 1998. Strom Thurmond switched mid-term and didn't resign. There's enough of that going around on both sides of the aisle.

12 posted on 08/01/2007 2:10:13 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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“But he ran as a Republican and he is breaking faith with the people who voted for him...he had a contract with his electrate...they spent time and money to get him elected to office and placed him there as a Republican...

He needs to stand down....”

Absolutely.

In fact, there should be a LAW directing these self-important, politically-obsessed chancres to do just that.


13 posted on 08/01/2007 2:10:18 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: SConservative

All the RINOs should become Democrats.
Then we can run conservatives against them.
And worst case scenario after the election is that you end up with the best case scenario had they ran as Republican against an even more liberal Democrat.

If Specter had switched parties we’d have Toomey in his seat today instead.


14 posted on 08/01/2007 2:18:41 PM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: SConservative

Good.

An opening for a conservative just arose.


15 posted on 08/01/2007 2:35:53 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: SConservative

to the media, he is a hero and a man of conscience, much like McCain, Hagel and Jeffords.

Zell Miller and Richard Shelby (and now, Lieberman) are traitors, sore losers, and selfish.


16 posted on 08/01/2007 2:42:58 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SConservative

Since he’s turning Democrat he better get on the environmental gravy train and start calling for the coal burning power plants to shut down putting hundreds out of work.


17 posted on 08/01/2007 3:30:44 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: steve8714
Agreed as to your characterisation of Nixon. However, you can't be somebody with nobody. Who are the 'Pubbies going to put up for AG? Right, you don't know, and likely enough you very likely won't know him (whoever he turns out to be) when he's announced.

Nixon, sad to say, is going to win the AG's office on name recognition, pure and simple.

18 posted on 08/01/2007 3:46:38 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: steve8714

‘’can’t be’’ should read, ‘’can’t beat’’. Sorry for the typo.


19 posted on 08/01/2007 3:47:25 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: Tennessee Nana

“Thenh I hope he also plans to resign from the MO Legislature...

It’s one thing to change your party ...he has that optoion in his private life...

But he ran as a Republican and he is breaking faith with the people who voted for him...he had a contract with his electrate...they spent time and money to get him elected to office and placed him there as a Republican...”

Phil Gramm did that when he switched to GOP, but I haven’t seen the RINO->Dem switchers do that (like Jumpin Jim Jeffords).

Uh, if he had integrity, he wouldn’t have joined the Democrats.


20 posted on 08/01/2007 4:26:42 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: puppypusher
re: Hopefully the RNC.advises these Republicans that they are on borrowed time and they had better get themselves straight.)))

LOL--I've come to believe that at least some of the 06 losses are due to the Rovian National Committee engineering the defeats, so that Bush could have a "congress he can work with" in shoving amnesty down our throats...

Remember how Tony Snow rejoiced the morning after the election?

IOW--the donations I made to the RNC went to elect Democrats.

21 posted on 08/01/2007 4:26:47 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Down with Mel Martinez)
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To: WOSG

“integrity”?

There ya go bringing in words that Democrats and RINOs cant spell or understand..

You meany...


22 posted on 08/01/2007 4:30:05 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: RabidBartender

“Koster was a Republican?”

Yes and now he wants to jump ship, because he’s an opportunist.


23 posted on 08/01/2007 5:43:26 PM PDT by SConservative
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To: SAJ

Nixon is running for governor.


24 posted on 08/01/2007 7:09:17 PM PDT by steve8714
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To: steve8714

My fault, was thinking about the AG race (blush!)


25 posted on 08/01/2007 8:30:51 PM PDT by SAJ
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