Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Sen. Chris Koster Switches to a Democrat
Sen. Chris Koster apparently has had enough of the Republican games and is switching to become a Democrat. Koster is running for attorney general. His last financial reports reveals that he took $125,000 from stem cell research supporter Jim Stowers and took in over $100,000 from unions. Looks like his contributors were Democrats anyway.
Maybe Koster has had enough of Republicans and Matt Blunt kicking kids off health insurance. Maybe he felt like crap for calling the previous question (the PQ has been used less than 10 times in the history of the Missouri Senate to stop debate) on Sen. Jolie Justus. Maybe it is the Republican party's constant attacks on the judicial system, since Chris Koster is a practicing lawyer. Maybe the 3-way Republican primary with Hanaway and Gibbons was too much (remember, in primaries, the most liberal wins the D's primary and the most conservative wins the R's primary). Whatever it was, it sure will make a potential special session this fall a political circus.
Republicans are calling on Koster to resign his state senate seat. Some people are calling for Koster to fire Axiom and Jeff Roe (the political attack dog for Congressman Graves). Democrats in Boone County (the home of my favorite AG candidate, Jeff Harris) are crying foul. The Boone County Democratic Party has detailed Koster's votes on corporate pig farms, voter photo ID's, the sale of MOHELA and children's health insurance. For some great quotes from political folks from around the state, check out the Post's page.