NJ’s Christie to Campaign for Wagner in Mo-2
September 8, 2011

From PoliticMo:

— Ann Wagner is flexing her fundraising arm, announcing Thursday a major fundraiser later this month with a man many thought would run for president this year.

Her campaign announced Thursday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be travel to St. Louis to campaign for the former Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Christie, a rising star in the GOP, called in to Missouri last year to back Roy Blunt’s U.S. Senate campaign, which Wagner chaired.

The fundraising breakfast will take place later this month in Clayton. Tickets range from $250 to $2,500 for the hour-long event.

Wagner, a former Republican party official, is challenging St. Louis Republican Ed Martin for the party’s nomination in the second district to replace outgoing Rep. Todd Akin.

Bachmann Shake-Up, Veteran GOP Politico Leaving Campaign
September 6, 2011

From the New York Times:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ed Rollins, the veteran campaign operative who helped engineer an Iowa straw poll victory for Representative Michele Bachmann this summer, has stepped down from running the day-to-day operations of her presidential campaign, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Bachmann said Monday night.

Bachmann’s campaign cited health reasons for the abrupt change in the role Mr. Rollins, 68, will play in the presidential campaign.

“Ed is moving away from the demanding day-to-day operations of the campaign and into a senior adviser role,” said the spokeswoman, Alice Stewart. “He is fantastic and will continue to be invaluable on the campaign.”

Politico reported the change in Mr. Rollins’s role. The Web site also reported on Monday night that Mr. Rollins’s deputy, David Polyansky, would leave the campaign. “I wish Michele nothing but the best, and anyone who underestimates her as a candidate does so at their own peril,” Mr. Polyansky told Politico.

The change in roles for Mr. Rollins came on a day he was quoted in The Washington Post as expressing pessimism about Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign. “The Perry-Romney race is now the story, with us the third candidate,” Mr. Rollins said.

The moves raise questions about the future of Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign. After winning the straw poll in August, Mrs. Bachmann, of Minnesota, has struggled to maintain momentum, especially after Gov. Rick Perry of Texas entered the Republican contest.

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/us/politics/06bachmann.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha24

Kinder Denies Penthouse Pet Story
August 11, 2011

( Courtesy, Riverfront Times.  Lt. Gov Peter Kinder and Tammy Chapman)

Embattled Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says the story he tried to court a former Penthouse Pet and dancer at a strip club is not true.

Kinder issued a statement about the story which first broke nearly a week ago in the Riverfront Times, a St. Louis newspaper.

“Like most people I am not proud of every place I have been but this woman’s bizarre story is not true.

“The Democrats have tried to use these tactics against me in the past and they have failed.

“Jay Nixon may want to make up false stories about the past, but I, like most Missourians, remain focused on the issues that are important to Missourians like jobs and education.

In a KMOX radio interview with the woman, Tammy Chapman confimed the essentials of the story. She said he tried court her by bringing her pastries (see previous post). 

Meanwhile, there are conflicting stories about whether or not pressure in mounting for Kinder to drop his expected announcement that he’s running for Governor against Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon.

One well placed Republican operate says the pressure is mounting. But another says there is no pressure  because there is no one willing to step up and replace him as the Republican alternative to Nixon.

The Missouri Democratic party jumped to Nixon’s defense. Catlin Lagacki  fired off a response tom reporters around the state.

“If these disturbing reports are so untrue, why did it take Peter Kinder six days to say anything? Peter Kinder is obviously in a pretty sad and desperate place right now. Unfortunately, Kinder would rather blame others for his own unusual and inappropriate behavior than take responsibility and offer a real explanation.

Mo. Gov 2012: Another Good Month for Nixon, Not So Much for Kinder
July 29, 2011

Missouri’s Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s re-election bid appears to be in good shape according to the website ‘Politico’.

That’s from a column written by David Catanese. He’s familiar with Missouri politics since he used to work in the state until recently.

He calls the 2012 Missouri Governor’s race the #4 campaign on the 2012 slate.

Here’s his write-up:

“Gov. Jay Nixon emerged from the second financial quarter with a 2-to-1 advantage over Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, and Democrats suggested the incumbent could’ve run up the score even more if he hadn’t had to juggle multiple natural disasters.

While Kinder’s fundraising was respectable, he still was tripped up by bad press over his St. Louis hotel bills. On the same day Nixon was trumpeting a $2 million grant for a new trauma center in Joplin, a state audit forced Kinder to pay back an additional $1,888 to the state for overnight stays on taxpayers’ dime.

When confronted with the difficult decision of whether to veto a bill imposing new restrictions on late-term abortions, Nixon predictably tacked to the center – allowing the bill to become law without his signature, and simultaneously snagging away another red-meat issue from conservatives.

Who won June: Nixon

No recent public polling”

The #1 Governor’s race,according to Catanese, is in Washington state. That pits a veteran Congressman against the current Attorney General.

Kander Thinking About Statewide?
July 25, 2011

Arch City Chronicale via johncombest:

Just a quick, but interesting blurb:

“Rep. Jason Kander  (D-Kansas City) has been making calls, talking to donors and activists about a possible statewide bid. He’s considering secretary of state, contingent on the possibility that incumbent Robin Carnahan might not run.”