Brunner Thinking About 2016 Governor’s Race
February 15, 2014

AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner said Friday that he is considering running for Missouri governor in 2016, which could lead to a multi-candidate Republican primary for what will be an open office.

Brunner told The Associated Press that he has received encouragement to run, but wants to wait to evaluate the gubernatorial race until after this year’s elections.

“I’m not saying no to the opportunity is the best way of putting it,” Brunner said.

“If there’s opportunities where people across Missouri can continue to speak their mind and have their be voice heard and they want to look for somebody with more experiences to solve the problems that we have here in Missouri than maybe the other two candidates, I’d be willing to be considered” for governor, he added.

Brunner’s comments came a few days after former U.S. attorney and Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway announced her Republican candidacy for governor. Republican Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich also may run for governor in 2016, but he first must face re-election this year.

Republicans are under pressure to organize a gubernatorial campaign because Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster has been preparing to run for governor for nearly a year.

The top executive office will be open because Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is prohibited by term limits from seeking re-election.

PoliticMo: Hanaway Poll Says She Leads Koster
February 14, 2014

In POLITICO’s Morning Score this morning, Catherine Hanaway’s team leaked polling showing her with a lead over Attorney General Chris Koster in the 2016 govs race: “In case 2014 isn’t enough to focus on, there’s already polling being done in the Missouri governor’s race-for 2016. A survey from the GOP firm Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research finds Republican former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway leading Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster by just 2 points, 35 percent to 33 percent. The two candidates are tied among independents at 28 percent. While it’s incredibly early to be thinking about 2016 races, this is one of the few in the country where the field of candidates is at least somewhat set-both Hanaway and Koster have announced they’re running

Hanaway Makes It Official, In for Guv in 2016
February 10, 2014

Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway formally entered the GOP nomination battle for Missouri Governor in 2016.
Hanaway showed her interest in making the race over the weekend.
She followed it up with a formal announcement Monday.
She blames the likely Democratic nominee, Attorney General Chris Koster and President Obama for hurting Missouri’s economy, healthcare, and “for some of our communities, a broken educational system.”
Missouri’s Republican State Auditor Tom Schwiech may also consider the Governir’s office in 2016.
In her statement, however, Hanaway concentrated on the Democrat Koster.
“We can no longer sit idly by as the de-facto Democrat nominee continues to raise money and build his organization. I am starting now so that we can build the largest and best grassroots campaign in Missouri history,” according to Hanaway’s statement.

The full text is here:
“After serious consideration, discussion and prayer with my family, I am excited to announce that I will be a candidate for Governor in 2016.

Missourians will face a stark choice in 2016. The polices of Barack Obama and Chris Koster have resulted in less economic activity, less control over our healthcare and, for some of our communities, a broken educational system.

I want to lead Missouri in a different direction. I believe we can do better as a state. We can attract better jobs, we can improve the education for our children and we should have a government that respects our freedom as individuals.

We can no longer sit idly by as the de-facto Democrat nominee continues to raise money and build his organization. I am starting now so that we can build the largest and best grassroots campaign in Missouri history.

I am proud of the work we did when I was the Speaker of the House. We overrode the Governor on laws protecting life and our second amendment. We started Missouri on a new course.

Since I last sought elective office, I’ve spent the last 10 years like most Missourians, raising a family and working to make a living. Time spent working in the private sector, going to kids’ ball games and talking to people raising their families, has only increased my worry that Missouri kids will not have the same opportunities as their parents.

Missouri has an opportunity to once again meet our challenges and create a better day for all Missourians. To do that we need a Governor who is not afraid to lead.”

Catherine grew up in rural Nebraska and Iowa, before moving to Missouri to begin her professional career. Hanaway was first elected to the Missouri House in 1998. She led Republicans to their first legislative majority in 48 years in the 2002 election. She was elected the first female Speaker of the House in 2003. She served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 2005 to 2009.

She is currently in private practice with Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis where she lives with her husband Christopher, daughter Lucy and son Jack.

Missouri Senate Redistricting Heads to Federal Court
March 4, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY | A federal lawsuit claims Missouri’s newly proposed Senate districts should be struck down because they give greater weight to urban voters at the expense of rural residents.
The lawsuit asserts that the districts recently given tentative approval by a bipartisan commission violate equal protection rights. It asks a judge to instead order the use of a Senate map that had been proposed by a judicial panel last year, but which the Missouri Supreme Court had previously said was invalid.
The latest lawsuit was filed Friday by a pair of law firms whose attorneys include former Missouri House speaker and U.S. attorney Catherine Hanaway, a Republican.
The arguments echo concerns raised by Republican Sen. Jane Cunningham of St. Louis County, whose district number was reassigned to Kansas City.

Hanaway to Hancock to Roe is Not a Double-play Combo, But They’re in Play in Mo-2
August 5, 2011

From the St. Louis Beacon via johncombest:, Cather

Republican 2nd District congressional candidate Ann Wagner is highlighting her powerful political ties by announcing a campaign team of prominent GOP veterans, led by former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, most recently U.S. Attorney for eastern Missouri.

Hanaway, now a partner in a law firm co-founded by former Gov. John Ashcroft, is to serve as Wagner’s campaign chairman — a post often filled by a political ally of status who is capable of speaking in public on behalf of the candidate. Hanaway attended Wagner’s kickoff, and may be considering a future return to politics.

But arguably just as significant, for political insiders, is Wagner’s hiring of two of the state’s most prominent Republican operatives — former state GOP executive director John Hancock, who runs a nationally known consulting firm that specializes in opposition research, and Jeff Roe, long the best-known Republican consultant in western Missouri.

Roe and his firm, Axiom Strategies, are based in Kansas City. Roe has worked for several dozen congressional candidates around the country. In Missouri, he is close to U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, and has worked on campaigns for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman. Roe is known for his bare-knuckle tactics, which has made him popular and feared within political circles.

Hancock — a longtime close friend to Wagner — runs John Hancock & Associates, based in St. Louis County. Hancock is a former state legislator and, since stepping down a decade ago running for the state party, has been a consultant to a number of national figures, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in his 2008 presidential campaign.

Hancock also often is a fill-in radio host on KMOX, and is known for his skills on the piano (and his pitch-perfect imitation of Ashcroft).

Wagner also has hired the region’s best known Republican fundraiser, Karen Mohan Day, who runs Capital Enhancement. Day has been a familiar behind-the-scenes figure for a number of statewide Republican campaigns, most recently Blunt’s U.S. Senate campaign last year