Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Strange Outcome for 'My' Candidate

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Strange Outcome for 'My' Candidate

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On the Friday before this month's primary, I went to the county election board to cast an absentee ballot. I handed the clerk my drivers license.

"Which party?" she asked.

"If the Socialists don't have any contested races, give me a Democratic ballot," I said.

"Same thing," she said.

Actually, that is not the way it happened. I told the clerk I wanted to vote in the Democratic primary. Without comment, she gave me a Democratic ballot.

Oh, such choices!

Lacy Clay or Russ Carnahan? That's like asking a hungry man if he prefers steak or lobster.

But the race I was most interested in was in the Missouri House 87th District.

Susan Carlson and Stacey Newman were incumbents thrown together because of redistricting. Both are very liberal. Each was endorsed by people I admire.

From a philosophical point of view, I couldn't go wrong with either of them.

Newman used to represent the 73rd District. That was my district. I remember when she ran in the 2008 primary. I met her at a friend's house and I liked her, but I voted for her opponent, Steve Brown. He seemed more substantial.

He won and served briefly - without distinction - until he pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice for his role in shenanigans involving Jeff Smith's unsuccessful campaign for Congress. Brown is probably best remembered as the guy who secretly wore a wire to help the feds catch his friend.

He agreed to do so after the feds confronted him with tapes of telephone conversations secretly record by Skip Ohlsen, then a Democractic operative and now an accused bomber.

How could anybody not be a Democrat?

After Brown resigned, Newman won a special election to complete his term.

She did a splendid job. She received national attention when she introduced a bill to regulate vasectomies. The bill would have prohibited the procedure unless it was performed to prevent death or avert serious risk of physical impairment.

Some might say the bill was part of the Democratic Party's War on Men, but I supported Newman's effort. I say that as a newspaper columnist, if not as a man.

So I was inclined to vote for Newman over Carlson, anyway.

Then I began receiving negative mailings from Carlson. …

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