Friday, February 08, 2008

Koster Campaign Falling Apart?

MPN: Missouri Political News has a well-researched post about Koster's financial problems, and the news is pretty ugly. The two most shocking tidbits are that he actually lost money in the most recent quarter, since he failed to raise enough to pay back his over-the-limit contributions, and he brought in exactly 0 dollars from the rural areas on the East Side of the state. Go read the post for a great analysis of the crumbling fortunes of the Republican wunderkind who once seemed on a path of inevitability.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Municipal Court Hack said...

Gee, you don't suppose that some people think they can't trust his opportunism?

And his ex father in law has a lot of pull on the east side of the state. So don't expect a lot of help from that quarter. (chuckle)

2/08/2008 11:53 AM  
Anonymous JZ for MD said...

looks like Donnelly is locking this up.

2/08/2008 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Porchpundit said...

Nobody outside of the 270 loop has heard of her . . .

This is a race between Republican Chris Koster and Democrat Jeff Harris.

2/08/2008 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Life Long Democrat said...

Too bad Chris Koster doesn't switch back and run as a Republican, again. Didn't Koster endorse John Ashcroft over Mel Carnahan?

2/08/2008 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Fan of Dems said...

“For the past 30 years, I have stood up for Missouri families by championing Democratic values such as voters rights, access to healthcare, support for public education, affordable student loans and protecting the environment. Time after time, Chris Koster has sided with the Republican Party on these issues that are in direct contrast to the party ideals he now claims to hold,” said Rep. Margaret Donnelly, D-Richmond Heights.

2/08/2008 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Letter to Chris said...

Chris

Here is what you are saying
1) It doesn’t matter if you voted to kick 100,000 plus Missourians off health care cuts, photo id, MOHELA, the removal of campaign contributions limits, Blunt’s foundation formula which magically said schools are no longer underfunded, banning teaching sex education in the schools, and limiting a women’s right to choose because where the attorney general stands on partisan issues doesn’t matter.

2) It doesn’t matter that you sponsored the polluter protection act which was Republican Farm Bureau’s top legislative priority in the 2007 session because that is a partisan issue and you are a law and order Democrat.

http://www.movotesconservation.org/Home.aspx?ContentID=105
http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/ra07/rperry_sb364.html

3) It doesn’t matter that you not only voted for previous question motions to shut off debate on a numbers of these issues or that he was one of five signatories on a number of these issues because as we know the attorney general office is not a partisan office and it doesn’t matter where he stands on legislative issues.

4) It doesn’t matter that you sponsored legislation to give 100 million dollars to a wealthy supporter of Matt Blunt named Paul McKee and then subsequently raised ten of thousands of dollars from him because it doesn’t matter who you raise money from.

http://ecoabsence.blogspot.com/2007/08/koster-gets-45k-from -mckee-and-stone.html

5) It doesn’t matter that federal election commissions records show that you donated to Blunt, Graves and Ashcroft because that is a political issue and the attorney general doesn’t do that.

http://mopolitical.blogspot.com/2007/10/before-party-switch-koster-logged.html

6) Is doesn’t matter that you were against stem cell research before you were for it because that is a political issue and being a good attorney general has nothing to do with politics.
(SB 160, February 14, 2005, passed by a 7-2 vote. You voted yes and Wheeler and Graham voting no.)

7) It doesn’t matter that you ran around the state and told the trial attorneys that you were against the wrong doer protection act (tort reform) when you actually voted for it because that is a political issue which has nothing to do with being a good attorney general

HB 393, March 16, 2005 journal
http://www.senate.mo.gov/05info/journals/DAY40.htm

8) It doesn’t matter that you voted with the democrats in the senate less than Matt Bartle or Jason Crowell (who as we all know are moderates) because that is a political issue and has nothing to do with being a good attorney general

http://mopolitical.blogspot.com/2007/08/koster-voting-habit-not-democratic.html

9) It doesn’t matter that you had a zero voting record on progressive issue. That’s goose egg, naught, zilch, nothing, zip.
http://www.democracyformissouri.org/d/node/1184

10) It doesn’t matter if you take money from the most right wing of Republicans because any money is good money and we know you are an honorable guy that cannot possibly be influenced by receiving $100,000 from Sinquefield.

11) It doesn’t matter that every education group in the state has called on you to return the money because to paraphrase Jesse Unruh if you can’t take their money and blank their women you aren’t doing your job.

http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/7789
http://mopolitical.blogspot.com/2007/10/missouri-education-groups-calls-for.html
http://www.stltoday.com/blogs/news-politicalfix/2007/10/education-groups-call-on-candidates-to-reject-sinquefields-donations/all-comments/#comments

12) It doesn’t matter that you hired nasty, nasty republican political consultant Jeff Roe because being a good attorney general has nothing to do with politics

I forgot why was it again that you switched parties because as you know being an attorney general has nothing to do with politics and none of your legislative or fundraising actions. I guess the Republican party didn’t have enough law order Republicans. Please explain it to little ole me. Just bat your eyes at me like you do. Maybe Jay Nixon or Jack Danforth can help you out because as you know none of their positions on the issues matters only that they were “law and order” attorney generals.

Oops I forgot what does matter is that we need to erase the last four years of public opportunism oops service and remember that what matters is that you were a great prosecutor, great public speaker, all around awesome looking guy, and now a “law and order” Republican oops Democrat.

I guess it doesn’t matter that the attorney general himself never prosecutes cases and the vast majority of people in the office don’t work on criminal prosecutions. Maybe you should take a look at the website. It might really help give you an idea of what the attorney general does. http://ago.mo.gov/ . But despite that, I am sure happy that you are a “law and order” Republican oops Democrat.

I guess it doesn’t matter that the attorney general skirts around the campaign finance laws and refuses to return over the limit contributions because we know you are a “law and order” Democrat.

http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2007/10/new-sinquefield-pac-gives-maximum-to.html

I guess it doesn’t matter that your successor as prosecutor has endorsed one of the two well qualified opponents running against you because you are a “law and order” Republican oops Democrat.

http://mopolitical.blogspot.com/2007/10/kosters-replacement-as-cass-co.html

Maybe it would help us if you had some families of murder victims with you at your press conference. It would really highlight why you are a “law and order” Republican oops Democrat.

I guess what matters is that you are going to spend the next 10 months tricking the media and a few democrats like you have tricked your friends in the past. Just use those eyes and give a great speech. There’s a sucker born every day.

But if you really cared you could do this . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Put the pictures of Dick Cheney and Sam Graves back on your website and run against your cohort in previous question motions and in the Republican leadership Gibbons.
http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2007/08/another-koster-picture-bites-dust.html
http://www.missouripulse.com/production/NewsArchives/August2007/tabid/88/Default.aspx#37
http://mopolitical.blogspot.com/2007/08/koster-pulls-picture-with-cheney-from.html
Since Hanaway left the primary (too bad you left the party when everyone thought she was running for attorney general and had the nomination locked up) you have a better chance over there.

I know you are a good listener with a big heart. So thanks for listening to me and have a blessed day.

2/08/2008 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Vote for a Real Dem said...

Koster wants to prove he's a Democrat, filibuster a Republican bill. A few other things include:

- Sign on the Justus' state earned income tax credit bill.

- Sponsor a bill to put 100,000 of our poorest back on the health care rolls (even Senator Rob Mayer (R - Dexter) didn't vote for that).

- How about telling Farm Bureau to stick it, he now thinks Clay & Platte Counties should be able to keep corporate pig farms out.

- Take some of his money and sponsor a few Democratic clubs. The Jackson County Democratic Committee needs some cash.

- Write a letter to Doug Harpool, the Democratic senate candidate in Springfield, saying "I'm sorry." Koster went down there and fundraised for Sen. Norma Champion in one of the the narrowist races in the state.

- Tell Gov. Mel Carnahan's wife he is sorry for endorsing John Ashcroft.

- Max out to some Democratic candidates for state rep in Cass County. If Koster isn't returning right wing Rex's $100,000, he should use it to help Democrats.

2/08/2008 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stowers (eat your heart out Adolf Hitler) must have cut off the big contributions when embryonic stem cell research was exposed as unnecessary thus Koster likewise became unnecessary.

2/08/2008 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Koster is a candidate who you all claim has no shot, why do you spend so much bandwidth writing about him?

Could it be because he is the frontrunner? In truth, Koster has been the frontrunner since he entered the race. Understandably so. Koster is the only candidate with prosecutorial experience. Hell, he is the only candidate with real legal experience. Koster gets my vote.

2/09/2008 6:09 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Did I say that Koster has no shot? Did anyone here say that Koster has no shot? Is Koster running for prosecutor?

2/10/2008 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GReat Prosecutor?

His policy of "no plea bargains", with certain exceptions (chuckle) simply meant that the lawyers would plead matters to the judge and let him make the call...ask Joe Dandurand.

ANd he often gave fairer deals than the prosecutors had been offering anyway.

Koster always had to hire help tot try the big cases. Yeah, great trial lawyer.

2/15/2008 4:54 AM  

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