WHAT OTHERS SAY: Lt. Gov. Kinder's decision not to run was correct

Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 2:08 p.m. CST

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has decided not to run for governor on the Republican ticket in 2012. We believe he made the right decision.

It's been common knowledge that Kinder has had his eyes focused on the governor's office for years. He probably would have run this time around if it had not been for the negative publicity about a lifestyle that centered on his bachelor status.

Nothing major was revealed except that he visited a strip joint on occasion and flirted with one of the entertainers. Other than that, he has a straight-arrow reputation and a strong record in government.

The truth is the negative publicity had an impact more on women than on men. We have no scientific survey data to back up that opinion.

Although many political "experts" believe 2012 will be a good year for Republicans, our Democrat governor, Jay Nixon, is going to be hard to beat.

He's had to deal with a Republican-controlled legislature, and the relationship has been better than in other similar situations. We doubt whether any Republican is going to beat him.

Kinder's young. There is time for him to advance in government. We are glad he's running again for lieutenant governor.

He's been involved and has expanded some activities out of his office that benefit the state and its citizens.

Copyright Washington Missourian. Courtesy of The Associated Press.

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