Missouri GOP keeps distance from spouses' House race

Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 6:48 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Republican leaders say they are staying out of an election contest between a Democratic state House member and her husband.

Rep. Linda Fischer,D-Bonne Terre, received an order of protection last week against her husband, alleging physical violence. John Fischer denies the allegations and has filed as a Republican to run for his wife's seat in November.

The filing deadline has passed, and the Fischers are the only candidates in the race.

Rep. Steven Tilley, of Perryville, chairs the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee. Tilley calls the race a personal issue between the spouses. He said Thursday that he and his staff have had no contact with John Fischer.

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