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.