I’m sorry. I was thinking about doing it, but now it is too late. I did not switch party affiliation soon enough to run for the U.S. Senate under the Republican ticket.
See, if I was running in the August primary, my GOP friends would have a reason to vote.
This hotly contested race seems to have nothing to do with the management of this nation or the abilities of the candidates who seek a seat under the White Dome and Lady Liberty. The mudslinging and muckraking have gotten way out of control. There are only three issues that the candidates have put forward.
Who is more conservative? Or who drinks more out of the teapot?
Who is more honest and ethical? Or paraphrasing Mark Twain: Suppose you were a cretin. And suppose you were running on the Missouri Republican ticket for U.S. Senator. But I repeat myself.
And who has the best plan for the 113th Congress? Or does anyone know what’s going on?
There are two more, though they seem a bit limited. Who is the better Christian and who loves the NRA?
Visiting the campaign websites of Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin and John Brunner does not open the vaults of future legislation. In fact, Akin’s first slide on his site is not about the issues. "Mud Central" is about responding to the attack ads.
Two of the three complain about government intrusion into our public education system with no solutions. Akin says nothing new, Steelman is asking for ideas and Brunner says nothing at all.
None give specifics concerning legislation that will create jobs. Steelman claims Missouri unemployment is 9.1 percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Missouri unemployment has fallen to 7.1 percent for the first half of 2012.
Brunner leans on his experience in the workplace. Unfortunately, private business is a dictatorship, not a democracy, and your experience with building consensus is minimal. At least Akin knows the system.
After that, they seem to agree on national security, gun rights, taxes and those emotional and religious-based issues that intrude on our private lives. What is wrong with this picture?
As senator, I can promise nothing. I can only do my very best to bring the Republican Party back to its political roots, Abraham Lincoln’s and Teddy Roosevelt’s progressive and liberal stance.
I will bring intelligence and modernization back to the Senate floor. I will not play follow the leader and will cross the aisle to negotiate instead of screaming "no." I will bring back the “Grand” in the GOP. I will be your other choice.
My stance on the issues? You only need to read my columns.
One more thing, please just spell my name right. One "s" in Rosman.
As for the rest of the primary candidates:
Vicky Hartzler is the choice for Congress for Republicans. She has gone to the dark side of the tea kettle, which will make it easier for Democrat Teresa Hensley to win in November.
Judy Baker is the only person qualified for the office of lieutenant governor from either party. She knows about our citizens’ welfare better than anyone I know and will represent us well.
There is no one running on the GOP side that I would trust in this office. With all the mudslinging going on amongst them, I wonder if they can see through their rose-colored glasses. And Mr. Kinder, the office is not to advance your personal political pursuit.
Let’s keep Jay Nixon as governor, though his name brings me back to the Watergate years. He is the "in the best interest for Missouri" guy.
The GOP candidates do not seem to know what is going on in Missouri, including front-runner Dave Spence. I especially love his "Common Sense" page with the first two bullet points referring to federal issues, not state. And it is not "Obamacare," it is the Affordable Care Act. Sheesh.
Under the Gray Dome, let’s keep Chris Kelly and Steve Webber, and bring Ken Jacobs back from his hiatus.
I really would love to see our state Senate race come down to Mary Still vs. Kurt Schaefer.
It will all be over a week from next Tuesday. Love, laugh and vote. And to our Muslim neighbors, Ramadan Mubarak.