Missouri GOP Chief to Lead Eagle Forum
February 3, 2015

(AP) — The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party said Monday that he is leaving to take a leadership position with a conservative interest group, a move that could avert a potential battle over the direction of the state GOP.

Republican Chairman Ed Martin said he has accepted an offer to become president of the Eagle Forum, an organization founded several decades ago by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. His new position starts immediately and is full-time, so Martin said he is dropping his party re-election bid.

Martin said he is the first person other than Schlafly to be president of the group. Schlafly, 91, will remain as chairwoman and CEO.

The Missouri Republican State Committee is to meet Feb. 21 to select a chairman. Martin was being challenged by Republican consultant John Hancock, who has raised concerns about the party’s finances heading into the 2016 elections. It’s unclear whether any other candidates will come forward to run against Hancock.

Martin, 44, of St. Louis, had been chairman since defeating David Cole in a party shakeup after the 2012 elections, when Republicans gained state legislative seats but lost races for U.S. Senate, governor and other statewide offices. Martin lost a bid for attorney general that year, and he said the party brass had lost touch with rank-and-file members.

Martin said is he leaving the party in better shape.

Martin said his departure has nothing to do with the challenge from Hancock, who has described the party’s finances as a disaster. At times this past year, the party has reported just a few thousand dollars in its bank accounts, with debts nearly equaling or exceeding the available cash.

Hancock & Martin Clash Over Missouri GOP Leadership & Money
November 21, 2014

(AP) – A battle is brewing over the leadership of the Missouri Republican Party as it looks toward a 2016 election in which nearly all of the state’s offices will be on the ballot.

Republican consultant John Hancock says he plans to challenge state party Chairman Ed Martin in a leadership election that will occur within the next couple of months. Hancock cites concerns about the party’s finances.

There have been times during the past year when the state party had just a few thousand dollars in the bank. Party Treasurer Dick Peerson says the finances are the worst he’s seen in 10 years in the job.

Martin says the party’s finances are fine. He notes Republicans gained seats in both the state House and Senate in 2014 elections.

GOP Chairman Blasts Same Sex Lawsuit in Missouri
February 14, 2014

KC Star:

The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party on Wednesday criticized a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union has filed challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.

Chairman Ed Martin said the suit is an “Obama-like effort to gut the constitution of our state.”

He said the state’s voters had already spoken on the issue.

In 2004, Missouri became the first state to enact a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage with more than 70 percent voter support.

“To seek to have judges overrule the will of the people of our great state is not only arrogant but a waste of resources to our courts,” Martin said. “This suit is not about the issue of marriage; it is an Obama-like effort to gut the constitution of our state.

“This is a cut and dry issue for Missouri Republicans, both our national and state platforms are crystal clear on this issue. Voters matter and Missourians deserve elected leadership that supports and defends the Constitution they swear an oath to.

“We also deserve better than a governor acting lawlessly in using an executive order to circumvent our state constitution.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/02/13/4820519/head-of-missouri-gop-slams-aclu.html#storylink=cpy

RNC Chair Priebus & Ks. SOS Kobach Join List for GOP KC Conference
July 9, 2013

Priebus

Priebus

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach have been added to the speakers list for the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in Kansas City in September.
Missouri Republican Chairman Ed Martin sent out a notice of the additions to the speakers list Tuesday morning.
They’ll join the winner of the Missouri 2012 Presidential caucus and primary winner, former Senator Rick Santorum and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for the event Sept 13-15 at the Westin Hotel in Kansas City.

Santorum to Headline KC GOP Conference
June 26, 2013

Santorum

Santorum

The winner of the 2012 Missouri Republican Presidential caucus and primary, Senator Rick Santorum returns to Missouri for a Republican conference in Kansas City in September.
The Missouri GOP says Santorum will be a speaker at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference September 13-15 at the Westin Hotel.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the first woman ever elected to that post, will also be one of the speakers.
““The conservative credentials of Gov. Fallin and Sen. Santorum speak for themselves. We are honored by their commitment to join us this fall,” said Missouri GOP Chairman Ed Martin.