Former governor's chief of staff to run against Carnahan

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 5:29 p.m. CDT; updated 6:21 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ST. LOUIS — A former chief of staff for Republican former Gov. Matt Blunt is mounting a challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

Ed Martinannounced his congressional campaign Wednesday at a south St. Louis County bakery.

Martin said he's running because people "feel ignored and discounted by the powers-that-be in Washington, D.C." He chose McArthur's Bakery for his announcement because the owner has been critical of Carnahan's support for climate-change legislation.

Martin served a little more than one year as Blunt's chief of staff. He was replaced in November 2007 amid growing scrutiny of e-mail deletions in the governor's office.

He previously worked as an attorney for anti-abortion and school-choice groups and was chairman of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners.


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