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  •  Rumor re: MO-8 (6+ / 0-)

    off of Twitter

    Hearing on good info that major state dem figures are urging major bootheel agri businessman & major Nixon donor Barry Aycock to enter #MO8
    Probably mild to just call him a major Jay Nixon donor, since his 2011/12 donations of $83K went to Nixon and all sorts of statewide Dems.

    So his bio from his company's site:

    Barry is respected nationally for his insight, instinct, and agricultural know-how. His entrepreneurship began while he was attending college. In 1995, he started his first business as a cotton consultant. His acreage increased rapidly and his customers gained record yields. Word spread and in 1996, he was awarded the National Cotton Consultant of the Year.

    That attention didn’t stop within the US borders.  Barry was sought out by the Bolivian government to help solve a national epidemic – they needed to increase their agriculture productivity to meet the needs of their population.  Barry moved to Bolivia to work closely with farmers and officials. While there he helped restore their hope and he left with knowledge that can’t be taught in a classroom.  

    Barry brought that knowledge back to the U.S. and formed AgXplore in 1999. AgXplore began with a handpicked team that thrived on innovative technology. While the company has flourished, the core value that Barry set years ago remains the same - people matter.

    So in the echelons of candidates for a red district, a guy who has some ability to support himself and has connections is probably better than a random name. So hopefully he, or someone of a similar profile, can be persuaded to take on MO8. It'll be a fun Spring, at the very minimum, for whoever takes it on. No matter what the vote total winds up. Gotta look at the upside.

    Plus, the Rs could nominate someone reeeeeeally crazy too. They had a forum last night and this tweet summarizes their events:

    #MO8 committeewoman: "I killed a squirrel for breakfast this morning." Now tell us what you think about gun control
    Runnerup moment: the probable R frontrunner saying that "Assault weapon… is a term used by suburban soccer moms who do not understand what is being discussed"

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:11:45 PM PST

    •  A hefty challenge would be nice. (4+ / 0-)
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      James Allen, drhoosierdem, jj32, MichaelNY

      Though the only part he can count on as a definite vote is the bootheel region.  I would kinda like Kinder to run to open up the Lt. Gov. office.  And an open state office tends to slightly favor the Dem in MO (see SoS, although Kander was strong).

      Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

      by KingofSpades on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:16:03 PM PST

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      •  part of that relies on (3+ / 0-)
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        drhoosierdem, KingofSpades, MichaelNY

        the Rs in the legislature being on their game enough to pass a change to that law by April. Which is not a sure bet. For all we know, they'll try to wrap that law into a bill with voter ID and all sorts of other election pet projects.

        You may say "if they don't pass that, they're incompetent". Well, they also failed to move their Presidential primary from February to March and held a primary that didn't count.

        But this guy is from one of the Bootheel counties, i'm sure he could win the areas of the district that really like their Cotton.

        As for the probabilities if there's a special election for Lt. Gov. Depends on if they nominate someone who could be a candidate for Governor in 2016, or someone who is crazy and easy to define.

        The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

        by RBH on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:27:01 PM PST

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    •  Your first blockquote, I thought it said... (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, sapelcovits

      ..."brothel businessman" at first glance.

      And I was excited.

      Then I read more carefully that he's just in agriculture.

      Oh well.

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 06:55:31 PM PST

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