Help get a Progressive in the MO State Senate

Below the fold is the latest appeal from the Jolie Justus for Missouri State Senate campaign. Jolie is the only true progressive in this race and the Democratic primary is August 8. We could use any help - financial or otherwise - that you can throw our way. If you're in the Kansas City area, we're definitely looking for volunteers to canvass and phone bank.

Kansas City Star's summary of primary race

June 26, 2006

Dear Friend:

We only have 41 days until the August 8th Primary. You have helped create the most aggressive and visible campaign for Missouri's 10th District Senate Seat. Your political support and generous financial contributions have already had a tremendous impact on the campaign. I write today because I need your help now more than ever.

To date we have exceeded our initial fundraising goals, knocked on thousands of doors and campaign volunteers are busy phoning voters to secure their support. I have been endorsed by the Kansas City Women's Political Caucus, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, Four Freedoms Democratic Club, KC PRIDE Democratic Club, PROMO, Missouri ERA PAC, Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition, The Victory Fund, Missouri State Representative Beth Low, former State Representative Vicki Walker, as well as rank and file Democrats throughout the district.

Last week the Kansas City Star recognized our efforts by reporting that we are running the most aggressive campaign for this seat. It is crucial that we capitalize on our successes by stepping up our efforts to raise money and reach even more voters.

My opponents are also working hard - two of them have dumped huge sums of their own money into the race in an attempt to buy this seat. One of my opponents has already sent several district-wide mailings and his TV ads started to air this weekend. The people of the 10th District deserve to have a progressive leader who reflects all of our values. We simply cannot afford to have our positive, progressive message silenced by conservative Republican-like candidates.

I need your continued political support and financial contributions to fight the conservative Democrats' attempt to buy this seat. If you have already contributed to the campaign, I am asking you to make another contribution. If you are unable, or if you have already given the maximum contribution allowed, I am asking you to help me raise additional money from your friends and family.

Your additional support can make the difference and time is of the essence. The next campaign finance deadline is June 30th. Any contributions made by the deadline will be contained in that report and will help demonstrate the strong depth of support for my campaign.

To make an online contribution online please visit

Thank you for your continued support and confidence in my message. I will not let you down.

Jolie Justus

Tags: Election: 2006, Jolie Justus, Kansas City, Missouri, MO-10 (State Senate) (all tags)



Not to put too fine point on it...

...Jolie is the only true progressive in this race...We simply cannot afford to have our positive, progressive message silenced by conservative Republican-like candidates....I need your continued political support and financial contributions to fight the conservative Democrats' attempt to buy this seat....

The hyperbole is a bit much. Labeling good Democrats as republicans smacks of desperation. Please don't do the republican's vote suppression work for them. Labeling your opponents in such a fashion encourages Democratic voters to sit on their hands come the general election.

In the interest of full disclosure: I've known Jason Klumb for quite a few years. He's a fine human being, a good Democrat and a very gifted politician. His campaign has evidently raised the most cash.

Good luck in your primary.

by Michael Bersin 2006-06-28 06:33PM | 0 recs
Yeah, I thought so...

Yeah, I thought your labeling didn't quite compute. Jason Klumb's endorsements in this race ain't exactly a pantheon of republican enablers, eh?

Jackson County Committee for County Progress (CCP)
Missouri National Education Association Endorsement
NARAL Pro Choice Missouri
Teamsters Local Union No. 41
Teamsters Local Union No. 54
Teamsters Local Union No. 245
Teamsters Local Union No. 955
IBEW Local No. 53

by Michael Bersin 2006-06-28 06:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Help get a Progressive in the MO State Senate

Klumb's co-sponsorship of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), his support of Conceal and Carry legislation, legislation to make English the official language of Missouri and his new identities of "lawman" after spending a few months in the Attorney General's office and as a "soldier" due to his service in JAG, all feels kind of "Republican" to me.  

In addition, he's running on the position that he's the best for the 10th District because of his ability to compromise with the Republican majority in the legislature.  Now is no time to seek compromise.  When you compromise with these extremist Republicans you compromise the people of your District. Now is no time to send Jason Klumb to the state senate.  

Maybe he should wait around for a sexier office to open up and run for that, and let the 10th District be represented by someone who knows the 10th District.

by peterlawford 2006-07-18 06:32AM | 0 recs


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