Wednesday, November 21, 2018
TKC QUESTION: CAN JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR JEAN PETERS BAKER SAVE MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC PARTY?!?!
By now political insiders already know that the top ranking legal lady in Kansas City plans to engage in Show-Me State politics.
Check the links:
KSHB: Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to run for Missouri Democratic Chair
KMBC: She says she will bring political experience, leadership to the race
Fox4: Peters Baker was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2010 before being appointed prosecutor in May 2011 and first elected the following year. She said she plans to seek re-election in 2020.
The news broke by way of her Tweet proclamation . . .
"It’s time for me to get off the sidelines and support a strong Democratic Party by throwing my hat in for Chair."
Local newsies have been nothing but encouraging and so far there hasn't been any analysis of her intention.
A few items to consider . . .
- She started her tenure appointed and not elected. She has never faced a real election challenge.
- Rising crime and neighborhood frustration with the Prosecutor's office threatens her leadership efforts.
- Missouri totally rejected "girl power" in the Midterm election. The Hillary Clinton/Claire McCaskill model simply doesn't work in this decidedly Red State. If she makes any progress for her party, she'll have to devise a new strategy.
Moreover, Missouri Democrats are at their lowest point in years, they were completely passed over by the so-called "blue wave" and some say the GOP Super Majority could last a few decades without any significant changes in tactics by loyal opposition.
Another key point . . . The Missouri Democratic Party has FAILED to mobilize minority communities and "Mean Jean" has a tenuous relationship with inner-city communities at best . . . Like that time when angry residents ruined her press conference in Kansas City's urban core Manheim neighborhood.
And so we ask . . .
CAN MEAN JEAN SAVE THE MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC PARTY?!?!
You decide . . .