Wednesday, January 17, 2018
TKC MUST READ!!! JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS HOPE FOR 2018 MISSOURI SWEEP AMID GUV GREITENS SCANDAL!!!
Here's the local/statewide Democratic Party game plan according to one of the smartest strategists currently working in Kansas City . . . Politicos from both sides of the aisle would be wise not to hate or underestimate the election-time lessons this note has to teach . . .
Jackson County Democrats: So Where Does All This Leave Us?
Editorial by Executive Director Geoff Gerling
Our state government is in total chaos and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. In 2016, this state elected a Governor we didn't know because he hit the right notes of anger and mistrust while offering a fresh view as an outsider. He promised traditional family values, an end to Jefferson City corruption and a clear vision for the future of the state. All Greitens has delivered has been the opposite; fueled by a never-ending river of dark money, Greitens has been inaccessible to the media, voters and other elected officials alike, he has acted as a bully in Jefferson City whenever possible, he leaves the state for fundraising events and Washington DC photo ops every chance he gets, and the only policy visions he has remain either a mystery or the same old attacks on the working class citizens we have seen destroy economies before. Like his political idol Donald Trump, his hollow promises to "drain the swamp" have only further polluted it.
The State of Missouri is facing economic drought conditions and the biggest losers will be public schools, our already crumbling infrastructure, senior citizens and those in need of healthcare access. The "leadership" of Eric Greitens and Republican legislators is not helping these problems, they are making them worse in a hurry.
The scandals and legal questions are largely out of our hands and things are certainly going to get worse for our Governor before they get better. Greitens has made few friends since being sworn in aside from his nameless donors around the country. That means he has almost no one to turn to in Jefferson City to help him now that his back is against the wall. His glossy finish has been stripped away and we all see Greitens for the fraud that he is. As Democrats, we need to call him out for his policy failings and work to elect members of the House and Senate that will stand up to the destructive Republican agenda. Even if Greitens resigns, the GOP holds a super-majority in both chambers and Lt. Governor Mike Parsons will work well with them to pass bills.
Our area has a great opportunity to flip THREE State Senate seats and no less than SIX House seats in 2018. November will be here before we know it. The more work we put into supporting our suburban candidates, the easier it will be to win races at the top of the ballot as well (McCaskill, Galloway).
Wave elections don't just happen; they require a large group of people pledging to vote for a dramatic change and working to get others to do the same. Missouri may be a state on the brink now, but voters can do a lot to bring us back this November. We nearly swept all statewide elections in 2012. There is no reason we can't do it again in 2018 and 2020.
You decide . . .