This week in Missouri Politics’ column: Patterson Floor Leader / Election Take Away
Floor Leader Patterson
Representative John Patterson From Lee’s summit he was elected as the leader of the House of Representatives in a heated competition with Representative Michael Hefner Case Cotney.
The race was too close and pitted Patterson with a coalition of younger lawmakers against a coalition of senior members. Patterson has done particularly well with the new freshmen at home, and is now the club’s lead to serve as a speaker afterwards Deputy Dean Plocher It is a limited term.
The rest of the House leadership team next year is as follows:
Speaker: Dean Blocher
Pro Tim: Mike Henderson
Floor Leader: John Patterson
Assistant Floor Leader: Jimmy Burger
assembly chair: Chris Denkins
whip: Hardy Billington
Take the election away
For the first time in more than a decade, House Democrats legitimately had a good night picking three seats. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that may have triggered the pickups:
#1 House Minority Leader Crystal Quad And her team put their heads aside and went to work to build an effective campaign arm from literally nothing. You also owe labor to making significant financial contributions to the effort. In the end you give credit to the winners for doing the work, and finally after two cycles of futility you see some of the fruits of your labour.
#2 The Republican Rally has expanded into areas in which they have no right to compete. When you elect 114 members, you must defend 114 districts, which should be easier than defending forty districts. When Missouri finally, for the first time since 2012, followed the national trend and got the Democrats competitive, it got some of those seats that were frankly on the tide in the first place.
#3 Abortion. There are voters who have previously voted for Republicans who have turned on Democrats over abortion. Now it was a tsunami, no. However, in some close races, it must point to the fact that these voters were voting Republicans, with a worsening economy and the same concerns, there was only one variable that could have moved some of these voters legitimately and that was abortion.
#4 The map. This map was designed by Republicans to have a few competitive seats in order to secure a floor of about 105 Republican seats. The Democrats chose to push the envelope to get more seats and put more of their members at risk. In a Democratic year, the map did what it would logically do.
#5 It’s not lost on returning members to be seated Speaker Rob Veskovo He kept more than $600,000 without giving a cent to anyone in the caucus whose support was the only reason he got the money in the first place. How many of these strains could have been saved with only a token amount of help from the man at the top of the food chain? However, three deputies have sent me since the results came out that they think he might be using the money to buy groceries anyway, so there was more pity than anger.
* Although it was a tough night for the Republicans, it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that they came back with a super majority plus three extra seats, so don’t cry for the Republicans. However, what we may have seen is the end of the free democratic downfall of the state and this should help whoever takes the reins of the campaign arm of the Quad in ’24 in recruiting and fundraising.
Finally, it should be noted that doors are important. Not hiring staff to do lit projections, but the candidate knocking on someone’s door and talking to them. Representatives: Betsy Vogel and Ashley Onn are prime examples of this.
McCreary wins by 9 points
Representative Tracy McCreary Senator-elect Tracy McCurry has now absorbed a million-dollar onslaught of negative advertising for a comfortable victory. Dr.. George Harouza She ran a lively campaign and made the race more competitive than it could have been, but the truth is that she is a very good candidate and that good candidate won a district that a Democrat should have won. She won it easily.
The biggest part other than the quality of the filter is that St. Louis County Police Officers Association Endorse it and join Firefighter In being in advertisements and walking streets. In the suburbs, nothing is more toxic than a police defund case, and this race has proven very difficult to draw someone as a Black Lives Matter activist when they are approved by the police.
The ID number of any Democrat looking to run in a competitive district contacts them Matt Chryselius And the Joe Patterson this week.
AG selection is coming
It seems Governor Parson He is looking for the selection of the Attorney General tomorrow morning before he goes on his commercial mission to Israel. It leaves at noon, so be informed early.
I guess, as if you had read this column three months ago or listened to any of my radio appearances, it would have General Counsel Andrew Bailey, We’ll see soon.
Scott Vaughn is the publisher of the Missouri Times, owner of the Clayton Times in Clayton. SEMO Times in Poplar Bluff; and host of the only statewide political television show, This Week in Missouri Politics.
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