Akin Advisor Stands In, Candidate Skips ‘Spin Alley’
October 19, 2012

Akin Advisor Rick Tyler after Thursday’s Clayton debate

Clayton, Mo.–Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin did not meet with reporters after the US Senate debateThursday night in Clayton.
After the 60 minute session, reporters were told both candidates would come into ‘ Spin Alley’ to take questions from reporters about the debate.
Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill took reporter questions for about 10 minutes.
Akin never showed up.
McCaskill spokeswoman Catlin Legacki claimed both candidates were expected to answer question after the debate. Legacy claims it was part of the terms of the debate.
Instead, Akin strategist Rick Tyler walked into the room and announced, "I’m ready to spin".
Tyler said it was "a family decision", not to have Akin take questions from reporters.
He then added, without being asked, "I can’t confirm or deny, it might have something to do with the ballgame".
The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team was playing a key playoff game at that time.
Tyler said The decision not to talk to reporters was not a big deal.
"He just spent an hour making his case," Tyler said.
"Everybody got to watch it, the press covered it" .
The chances are very good many more people were watching the Cardinal game than the debate. They started at about the same time
Tyler told reporters he thought his candidate won the debate.
"Claire McCaskill looked like a frustrated prosecutor", Tyler said, "that couldn’t convince the jury that she had a winning case."


Akin Photo of Women Supporters Includes Democratic Tracker
September 18, 2012

Post Dispatch:

ST. LOUIS • In what appears to be another gender-related gaffe from Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s campaign, a website purporting to show his female supporters pictures a Democratic Party operative who was only there to monitor his activities.
The Akin campaign page at Akin.org/women—which was online this morning but has since been taken down—was an apparent attempt to blunt the effects of Akin’s bombshell comments last month on “legitimate” rape and pregnancy, which drew national outrage and rocked his campaign to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
The site displayed a large photo showing Akin standing with his wife and two other women. The headline over it read: “I’m a women[SIC], and I support Todd.”
The problem is, one of the women in the photo doesn’t—and his campaign apparently knew it.
Corinne Matti, who is pictured on Akin’s site standing to Akin’s left, is a “tracker” for the Missouri Democratic Party. Her job, which she does openly, is to attend Akin’s public events and report back to the Democrats. She has been doing it for more than a year.
“I suspect they were so desperate to find women that they had to borrow one of ours,” quipped McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki.
Sending operatives to the events of political opponents is common practice in campaigns. Matti said in an interview today that Akin’s people knew who she was as why she was there. She said she believes the picture was taken at a parade in Liberty, Mo., last September.
Matti, 27, of St. Louis, is a full-time employee of the Missouri Democratic Party. She said that while Akin was having his photo taken with participants, Akin’s wife Lulli insisted Matti join in. The resulting photo shows Lulli Akin with her arm around Matti, with Todd Akin on her other side.
We’ve asked Akin’s campaign for a comment.
Akin last month created a national firestorm when he said in a St. Louis television interview that victims of “legitimate” rape seldom get pregnant. He offered the medically unsupported claim to back up his opposition to abortion rights even in cases of rape.
Akin later rescinded and apologized for the remarks, but that hasn’t stopped national GOP figures including presidential nominee Mitt Romney from pressing him to step down from the ballot so a replacement can be appointed to run against McCaskill.
That pressure later prompted Lulli Akin to compare the party’s treatment of her husband to “rape.”

Mo. Dems Fire Back at Brunner TV Spot
May 8, 2012

The Missouri Democratic Party returned fire from Republican Senate candidate John Brunner Tuesday.
Brunner launched a new campaign commercial Tuesday ( see previous post).
In the spot, he blames President Obama and Democrat Claire McCaskill for the nation’s poor economy.
Missouri Democrats responded a few hours later.
"Once again, John Brunner conveniently failed to mention he’s the only candidate in this race who recently laid off workers and saw his company’s credit downgraded as a direct result of his greed and mismanagement," said Missouri Democratic spokeswoman Catlin Legacki.
Brunner used his Vi-Jon Factory in St. Louis to officially enter the Senate campaign last year.
Shortly afterwards, Vi-Jon laid off some workers.
Brunner says he’s the "Chairman Emeritus" of the company now. He was one of it’s top executives until shortly before he launched his Senate campaign.

Spence Accuses Nixon of Vetoing Bill to Help Backers
March 20, 2012

(AP) — Republican challenger Dave Spence accused Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon of selling his decisions Monday, citing thousands of dollars of campaign contributions that preceded Nixon’s recent vetoes of a pair of business-backed bills.
Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed bills Friday that would have made it harder to win workplace discrimination cases and brought occupational diseases under the scope of Missouri’s workers’ compensation system. Although Republicans and business groups contend the changes are essential to boosting Missouri’s business climate, Nixon said the bills would have taken a step backward in the protections offered to workers.
The bills also were opposed by many attorneys who represent employees in lawsuits seeking money for workplace health ailments or discrimination.
Spence asserted at a Capitol news conference Monday that “the governor’s decisions (are) for sale” and the vetoes are “a disgrace to every business owner” and Missouri resident.
Asked to specify how Nixon’s vetoes were for sale, Spence replied: “The campaign contributions from the plaintiffs’ attorneys and the personal injury attorneys have been obnoxious in the last three weeks. And last week, Friday was a no vote – a veto vote – so you can take your own assumptions.”
According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, Nixon’s campaign committee has received at least $100,000 from attorneys during March. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in mid-February that Nixon had received about $2 million from lawyers – roughly one-out-of-every-three dollars he had raised – since October 2010.
But campaign contributions do not necessarily equate to selling decisions. Politicians often note that they receive contributions from individuals or groups that support their positions on issues.
Nixon’s office declined to comment Monday about Spence’s assertions, and Nixon’s campaign referred questions to the Missouri Democratic Party.
“The accusation is preposterous and absurd,” said party spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki.
Spence declined to say Monday how Nixon’s contributions from attorneys opposing the bills were any different than Republican lawmakers – who voted for the bills – receiving contributions from business groups that supported the legislation.
“You could say whatever you want,” said Spence, who then switched course to reference his own $2 million contribution to his gubernatorial campaign. “I put my own money in to make sure that I had clear thinking on any bill and any issue.”

Update: Martin Blasts Koster on Health Care as He Enters AG Race
January 26, 2012

The new Republican challenger for Missouri Attorney General, Ed Martin, wasted no time in blasting Democratic incumbent Chris Koster.
Martin, in an interview with ’20 Pounds’, said the Koster’s legal work for the state on the health care challenges is “embarrassing to Missouri”.
Martin accused Koster of poorly representing the state in the various challenges to the new federal health care law. He made it clear it would be a cornerstone of his campaign to unseat the first-term Democrat.
“I’m almost obsessed with ‘Obamacare’ and how it is impacting the state,” he said.
Martin announced his decision to switch from the Republican primary for the Missouri second district to the Attorney General’s race Thursday. He is the only republican in the race, so far. Filing for Missouri offices is scheduled to start February 28.
Martin told ’20 Pounds’ he has been considering the move for several weeks.
“Around Christmastime my wife Carol and I started thinking about it,” he said.
Martin was first in the Republican primary for the US Senate nomination. Then he switched to running for Congress from the Mo-2, in the St. Louis area.
He was facing an uphill battle for the GOP Congressional nomination against Missouri Republican power player Ann Wagner. Her nomination now seems all but certain.
The AP reports he made the switch, “while attempting to link Democratic incumbent Chris Koster with President Barack Obama”. Martin is the only announced Republican in the race.
He also said with no other apparent challengers to the incumbent Attorney General, Martin wants to hold Koster accountable.
Within minutes, Koster ‘welcomed’ Martin into the campaign.
He said he looked forward to a discussion of the issues.
Koster added in 2008, Missourians elected a courtroom prosecutor to the post. Koster was the Cass County Prosecutor. He flipped parties to run and win as a Democrat.
He added Missouri voters liked that in 2008.
“In 2012, I’m confident they will do that again”.
In a statement, Missouri GOP Chairman David Cole re-enforced Martin’s message, that the main campaign theme will be the federal healthcare law.
“Ed will fight against job-killing mandates, such as “Obamacare”, he said.
Martin also says Koster has not done enough to combat what Martin calls the environmental Protection Agency’s “stiffling” of the Missouri economy and Missouri farmers.
Missouri Democrats immediately jabbed back at Martin’s frequent campaign switches.
“We welcome Ed to the race for how ever long he stays”, according to Missouri Democratic spokeswoman Catlin Legacki.