Maybe so, but when Sarah Steelman ran for Gov in the 08 primaries, the local RNC headquarters didn’t like her and wouldn’t help - they told me she “doesn’t play well with others”. Which is the best reason to vote for her, far as I’m concerned. They preferred their namby-pamby little guy who played so well with others that he lost and we have a Dem governor - tho at least a Rep Lt. Gov. I hadn’t heard Kinder isn’t running again. Somebody better! I wonder if it’s because he’s as sick of the dirt as Matt Blunt was, which is why we lost Matt as Gov. He didn’t want to run again, either.
I’ll readily admit I’m not a fan of the Blunts. Daddy Roy was an execrable GOP House Whip and was decidedly undeserving of a promotion to the Senate. Son Matt left the state party in the lurch because he was too timid to face Poppin’ Jay Nixon, no profile in courage he. The nasty battle between Steelman and Kenny Hulshof only contributed to Nixon’s victory (unlike others, I had no particularly negative view of either, since it was Matt Blunt that needed to carry the ball... you don’t leave in the middle of the game).
As of now, Kinder is the only one of note who can run for Governor (however, from whispered rumors, I hear he will probably fare little better than Hulshof). We do have the new Auditor who knocked off McCaskill’s protege, but he’s too green to have a go. We should field strong downballot candidates for a future farm team for higher office. If Steelman runs for and wins the open Lt Governor race, she will likely be the odds-on choice for 2016 when Nixon will have to leave (presuming Kinder doesn’t dispatch him first).
I wasn’t fond of Daddy Roy, either, but I did like Matt a lot. Just wish he’d been strong when needed, as he had been early in the year. Hope Kinder will run, as I don’t think Steelman will ever get the support. I’d love it if she could.
Good to meet another Missourian.