GOP candidates attack each other in Missouri lieutenant governor race

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 1:59 p.m. CDT; updated 1:39 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 26, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Republicans are facing a combative lieutenant governor primary, while eight Democrats are conducting a calm campaign.

The GOP race developed when Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder decided not to run for governor and seek a third term. By then, Sen. Brad Lager was already in the race. The primary contest has featured the candidates challenging the other's conservative credentials.

On the Democratic side, the large field has struggled to raise money and attract attention.

The best known candidate is Susan Montee, who two years ago lost re-election as state auditor. Also running are conservation commissioner Becky Plattner and current or former lawmakers Judy Baker, Fred Kratky, Sara Lampe and Jackie Townes McGhee. St. Louis school board member Bill Haas* and Dennis Weisenburger complete the field.

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Bill Haas July 26, 2012 | 9:58 p.m.

Best known for my friend Susan Montee? maybe. Not best known in former 8th Congressional or in St. Louis but held state-wide office, run twice, that's cool. No incumbent has lost state-wide and won state-wide 2 years later in recent memory to my knowledge, so if she cant beat Schweich she cant be Kinder some would say. Might be stronger candidates in the General, like the one's who's best on the issues to attract moderates and independents, for example, like me? to judge for yourself. Being single, once in church I asked God to surround me with beautiful smart talented women, so he had me run for Lt. Gov. One might be careful what they wish for; especially with God. But I'm right where I ought to be. Eminem: "The music the moment you own it, you better never let it go. You only got one shot." and this might be mine. I may be the underdog, but going to take stlouis/stcharles area, radio statewide, print statewide, billboards places, best I can do for a country boy not good at raising money. Whoever wins, I hope the other good candidates will help them win the General. Susan/Judy/Sara/Bill would make a heck of a Lt.Gov. staff, wouldnt we? Russ, too, perhaps, but I hope he's not available. for more info, welcome to see my website and contact me. Best for Dems cause best chance to win General, for Independents on the issues, I hope, and Republicans wont be voting for me in primary but should still send me an obscene amount of money if they can, because dont you want the best Dem on the issues important to you in case dem wins? seniors, veterans, college loans, primary and secondary education, small and medium size family farms, ending animal abuse on factory farms, no money for companies like Walmart which dont need it, freezing property taxes for seniors and others on fixed incomes, and constitutional amendment banning corporate political contributions because the people are smarter than the lobbyists and their selfish clients. God Bless.

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Michael Williams July 26, 2012 | 10:25 p.m.

Best example of "stream of consciousness" writing I've read in a long time.


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Bill Haas July 27, 2012 | 12:10 p.m.

Easier to understand than Joyce and with more substance on the issues. Other than being a literary critic, what do you think of my issues? Arent comments a little stream of consciousness by their nature. Ugh back at you. :)

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Michael Williams July 27, 2012 | 12:23 p.m.

Bill, I got halfway through and quit. I prefer some paragraph development, proper grammar, proper spelling, and organization other than aimless rhetorical wandering.

You're a school board member, for heaven's sake.

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Ellis Smith July 27, 2012 | 12:35 p.m.

I believe Mr. Haas' initial post more closely resembles William Faulkner's novel "As I Lay Dying" (first published 1930). Since there will be a weeding out of candidates in August, the concept of "Dying" could be germane. :)

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Bill Haas July 27, 2012 | 4:02 p.m.

Michael, my brother; schoolboard member and Phi Beta Kappa Yale English major; most importantly, candidate state-wide, a nightmare time-wise, not to mention job-hunting as they closed my school; it would have been nice if the original story had had time to mention our issues; his follow-up story mentioned issues of others but he didnt even contact me; time and space he said; fine, but hardly a level playing field; I did the best I could with the time I thought appropriate to devote to it; issues and a little bit about the race and me for those interested; for those not, that's their right.
and finally, "paragraph development, proper grammar, proper spelling, and organization other than aimless rhetorical wandering" are in my novellas and short stories; grammar should be ok; syntax overrated but probably still correct; and aimless in the eyes and brain of the beholder, as it should be. The issues are there. If your going to vote Dem or might, the reasons to support me are there; if you're more interested in the literary value of posts than the election, that's your right. best,
I wont write again on this issue, but if you need the last word, have at it. I'm going campaigning; want to help?

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Michael Williams July 27, 2012 | 6:23 p.m.

Bill, no, I don't think I'll be helping, but I'm sure hoping that if you win, you'll revert to that which got you that PBK English major.

I'd hate to think we'll need taxpayer money to hire you a translator for your public writings.

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