Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Support Linked to Victory Gop Primary Winner Cites Anti-Abortion Endorsement

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Support Linked to Victory Gop Primary Winner Cites Anti-Abortion Endorsement

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A late-breaking endorsement by the state anti-abortion movement was among the factors in Mark Brodsky's primary victory. Brodsky won the Republican primary Aug. 2 in the 3rd County Council district.

Brodsky, a lawyer from Creve Coeur, mailed brochures trumpeting his endorsement by Missouri Right to Life to 2,300 households on the group's mailing list in the district a few days before the vote.

He got that backing, even though one of his two GOP opponents, Chuck Williams of Town and Country, took similar anti-abortion positions. Some politicians had viewed Williams as the front-runner in the three-way race because he was the choice of all of the district's Republican township clubs.

Patty Skain, Right to Life director, said Brodsky got her group's nod only because Williams turned in his questionnaire too late."We got his response back on the 18th" of July, Skain said. "Our newsletter went to print on the 16th." Had Williams answered in time, she said, it's likely both would have been endorsed.

Williams said he had been told throughout the campaign that the group was unlikely to get involved in the race since abortion is mainly a state and federal issue. Suddenly, he said, he got a letter on July 9, asking for a reply to the group's questionnaire by the day before, July 8. "I didn't realize how important it was," he said. He said he wishes the group had taken time to interview the candidates.

The third candidate, Mat Turner of Clayton, supports abortion rights generally; Brodsky wants abortion outlawed, and Williams wants a ban - with some exceptions. The three agreed, however, that abortions should continue to be barred at St. Louis Regional Medical Center, the city-county public hospital. Brodsky's mailing dealt with Regional and county health clinics.

M'Evie Mead, Missouri executive director for the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, said her group didn't get involved in the 3rd District primary because none of the three returned its questionnaires. …

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