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Ed Martin Completes the Trifecta | Missouri Political News Service

Ed Martin Completes the Trifecta

January 26th, 2012 by mopns · No Comments

The Martin for Congress campaign announced this morning that Mr. Martin is switching gears. Instead of running against former Ambassador Ann Wagner for the second congressional Republican nomination, Martin will set his sights on attorney general Chris Koster. One could say that this race will be contest of one ambitious opportunist against another ambitious opportunist. Koster is deeply flawed and if he didn’t have a lap dog press protecting him, would be very vulnerable to defeat this year in an increasingly red state.

With this decision to switch races, Martin’s ardent supporters will claim his switcheroo was orchestrated by the ‘party establishment’ to clear the path to Washington for Ambassador Wagner. We posted his trial balloon late last year that he was running for lt. governor and we were castigated by his supporters and accused of ‘being tools of the establishment.’ We’re sure Mr. Martin factored all this in his decision, but what do you do when you get an offer from powerful forces that you can’t refuse?

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Here’s a partial list of heavy hitter endorsements from today’s announcement:

David Cole, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party: “As he has demonstrated throughout his career in public service, including his near-defeat of an entrenchedDemocrat incumbent in 2010, Ed Martin is a respected attorney, a staunch conservative, a tireless campaigner, and he will make an outstanding Attorney General.  At a time when the federal government is out-of-control, Chris Koster refuses to aggressively stand up for Missourians.  Ed will fight against job-killing federal mandates such as Obamacare, and he will vigorously defend laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly.”

Matt Blunt, former Missouri Governor: “Missourians need an Attorney General who will respect our state’s constitution, ensure that politics never overshadow the rule of law and stand up for our shared Missouri values. Ed Martin will bring these qualities combined with tremendous integrity and an unmatched work ethic to the Attorney General’s office. It is a pleasure to support Ed Martin and to endorse his campaign to be Missouri’s next Attorney General.”

US Senator Roy Blunt: “I’ve had the chance to work with Ed over the course of many years, and during that time, I’ve always been impressed by his unwavering commitment to smaller government and fiscal responsibility. Those values are especially important today, as our state and our nation continue to struggle to jumpstart private sector job creation and rein in out-of-control government spending. I believe Ed Martin represents the kind of fiscally conservative leader who we need in Missouri, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse his candidacy for Attorney General.”

Jim Talent, former US Senator: “Ed Martin will be a superb Attorney General for Missouri. Ed has the integrity, energy and judgment to serve our state well as its chief legal officer. I enthusiastically support Ed Martin’s campaign and am encouraging Missourians to join me in helping elect an Attorney General who will serve their interests, not the political interests.”

Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson: “Ed Martin will be a great Attorney General for our state. He is smart, energetic and relentless — all great qualities to have in an AG. I wish him all the best of luck as he aspires to serve Missourians.”

Gene McNary, former President of Missouri Prosecutors Association and St. Louis County Prosecutor: “Ed is an excellent lawyer, a hard worker, and knows how to run an office. He would be an excellent Attorney General.”

Bill Hennessy, President of the St. Louis Tea Party “Ed Martin Jr. of St. Louis has redirected his fire to the Attorney General race, and this is great news for everyone except Chris Koster.”



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