Jeff Emrick boasts leadership abilities, mass-transit plan

Sunday, July 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:49 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

If Jeff Emrick is elected governor, he would fund affordable housing programs for senior citizens, open forums for discussion of a mass-transit rail system and fight the high cost of prescription drugs.

Emrick, a Democrat from Blue Summit, is a full-time candidate for governor. He registered late for the governor’s race because he was moving, he said.

Part of his plan to help older people and lower-income residents would be to encourage discount stores such as Aldi and Dollar General to locate near areas where they live. This would make discount items more accessible to those living on fixed incomes, he said.

“You can’t live your life trying to keep up with the Joneses,” he said. “If you try to keep up with the Joneses, you’re going to bury your keister in debt.”

If Emrick’s vision for a high-speed rail system ever comes to fruition, he said, it would open up the possibility for people to work in Kansas City and live in St. Louis, or vice versa. The first step would be to organize forums of experts to discuss how such a rail system could be implemented, he said.

Emrick said while his opponents for governor lack vision, he has plenty, a trait he attributes to being a Pisces born on the cusp of Aquarius. He said that great historical figures such as George Washington and Albert Einstein were Pisces.

Emrick also said he’s the best candidate because he’s a realist, “rooted in reality and the realism of reality.”

“Brass tacks and bottom lines, Bob Holden, Claire McCaskill, Matt Blunt and the rest of my opponents are what they are: politicians. I am a leader, much like my fourth cousin Harry S. Truman was,” he said. “The people of the great state of Missouri have to decide whether they want a politician or a leader leading this state. I have great faith in the people of this state they will choose wisely.”

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