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The Continuing Misadventures of the Lost Congressional Candidate, Tommy Sowers | Missouri Political News Service

The Continuing Misadventures of the Lost Congressional Candidate, Tommy Sowers

June 10th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

“I wasn’t sure why I was laughing, an odd situation to find myself in that I’m a fairly serious guy. But moments after meeting the Dalai Lama, as he was blessing me by placing a white silk ceremonial scarf, or kata, around my neck, he started giggling. So did I”– Congressional candidate Tommy Sowers

Sowers hits the Ninth, missing his own district by one – was it a counting error?

Last Friday, Tommy Sowers spoke to the Boone County Muleskinners about his candidacy, pleading for grassroots help and cash from Democrats in the Ninth District. While he was busy hitting up out-of-district donors in Columbia, he mentioned with pride his upcoming addition to his long line of DC fundraisers, this one notable both for the involvement of several Democrat heavy-hitters – Howard Dean, Paul Begala, etc. – and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.

Why was he at the Boone County Muleskinners meeting, usually the domain of local candidates and officeholders, instead of talking to the people he wants to represent? Either he took a wrong turn at Potosi (to paraphrase a classic Bugs Bunny quip), forgot where his district is, or he just can’t find enough support in the district to justify being there.

A few questions to ponder about his tendency to keep away from the 8th for as long as possible: Is he spending so much time out of the district because he has already conceded the race? Is he focusing so much attention on the liberal enclaves of Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Louis in preparation for a run for statewide office? Is he arrogant enough to think he is ready for statewide office?

Our assumption is that he knows he is just too liberal for the district because of his support for abortion on demand, his advocacy of redistributive economic policies, and his stance on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, so he just feels more comfortable in the liberal hotspots of DC, Columbia, and the Plaza.

After he’s raised more money from national liberals, will he finally be able to find his way back to the district? Keep watching for our next update to find out.


Tommy Sowers Still Can’t Find His District



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