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Tea Party Candidates Running in the August 7 PrimaryPosted Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 11:34 AM
Our Missouri Primary Election is only one week away from this coming Tuesday. Voters who intend to vote in that primary should be informed. With the barrage of campaign advertisements, sometimes it's hard to know just what is truth and what is exaggeration. As a Tea Party conservative who also votes pro-life/pro-traditional moral values, I want to vote for the candidates whom I feel best represent my views.
As I go through the list of Tea Party endorsed candidates, I will be referring to the Cape County Tea Party 2012 Missouri Primary Straw Poll Results. This was done at a Tea Party candidate forum on Tuesday July 17th. Several candidates from different parties attended. Here is the link to the straw poll results. http://capecountyteaparty.files.wordpres...
U.S. Senate Race: You will notice that Todd Akin, R-MO-2, recieved 42 votes followed by Hector Maldonado (31) and John G. Brunner (26). Sarah Steelman came in 4th with only 7 votes. Both Akin and Steelman are for auditing the Federal Reserve. Akin has been endorsed by pro-life group, Personhood USA. Steel man is for a flat tax. Brunner is a conservative but his attack adds against Akin and Steelman are exaggerations and demeaning to the campaign. Akin voted to raise the debt ceiling. Maldonado impressed me with his speech at the Stoddard County Republican Club meeting Monday, the 16th. But his campaign came late. I don't think he's ready yet. I'm going to go for Sarah Steelman.
Eighth District Conressional Race: Bob Parker won with 82 votes compared to only 17 for Jo Ann Emerson. Emerson only has a 48% conservative voting record on the Heritage Action Score Card. I supported Parker in 2010, support him now, and will vote for him August 7.
Missouri Governor: Bill Randles is clearly the favorite among Tea Partiers. He has recieved the endorsement from several Tea Party organizations in the state. He and his wife are especially popular here in SE Missouri because his wife Bev is from Sikeston. Dave Spence would be my second choice although he came in third place in straw poll. Bill Randles gets my vote.
Missouri Lieutenant Governor: This is an interesting race! In the straw poll, Constitution Party candidate, Cynthia Davis recieved the most votes with 42, followed by incumbent Peter Kinder (39) and Brad Lager (23). The only way you can vote for Cynthia Davis is to take a Constitution Party ballot in the primary. But she runs unopposed, so I'd recommend voting Republican so you can vote for candidates for the above mentioned offices. Kinder has problems. Adds against him expose him for his extravagant spending. He's the king of perks! Lager is my man in the primary. If Kinder wins the primary, I'll switch parties and vote for Cynthia Davis in the general election in November.
Missouri Secretary Of State: Shane Schoeller recieved 84 votes in the straw poll compared to establishment Republican Scott Rupp's 9. Schoeller has the endorsement from several conservative and Tea Party groups. I'll go with Schoeller.
Missouri State Treasurer: Cole McNary is the only Republican on the ballot. He recieved 65 votes compared to only 6 for the Libertarian candidate, Sean O'Toole. McNary gets my vote.
Missouri Attorney General: Ed Martin recieved 72 votes compared to only 7 for Adam Lee Warren. Martin's the man.
State Senate 25th District: Doug Libla runs unopposed on the Republican ballot. He is running against State Representative Terry Swinger (D-162nd District).
State Representative 151st District: Dennis Fowler and Bob Thrower are running against each other in the primary for a chance to get on the November ballot. Both are good men. In my judgement, Fowler has the most experience. He is also very much against Obama and Obamacare. Fowler gets my vote.
All the candidates listed on the Cape County Straw Poll are pro-life. All are for the 2nd Amendment against gun control. It will be up to the voter to decide. By the way, did you see any Democrats on the list?
God Save America,
Richard D. Swift
505 Hickory Hills Dr
Dexter MO 63841
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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.
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