Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Emerson says 'No' to Senate campaign

The list of Claire McCaskill’s potential GOP opponents shrank on Tuesday.

Jo Ann Emerson decided against a bid for the Senate, citing her belief that she could do more in her current position chairing a House Appropriations Subcommittee than as a junior Senator.

Missouri GOP executive director Lloyd Smith spoke with Emerson regularly about her potential candidacy. He advised her that a Senate run would require a massive time commitment for fundraising, campaigning, and grassroots organization.

"I told her I thought she could do all of those things, but it would be difficult in her role as a new subcommittee chair and do all those things well and do her subcommittee chairmanship as well," Smith said.

"It would stretch her very thin," he continued. "And I think being in the majority now, or being in the majority again, having this particular position is going to give her an opportunity to define some policy decisions and re-define policy decisions that have been made by the Obama administration and the Democrats that were in control of the House."

Former state treasurer Sarah Steelman and attorney Ed Martin are the only two declared Republican candidates.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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