Dems’ Senate 1 Problem

While discussion about 2016 tends to focus on the statewide slates of the two parties, one of the Democrats’ bigger problems is in Senate 1.  That’s where Sen. Scott Sifton – after a hard-fought victory in 2012 over Jim Lembke – is vacating for an attorney general bid.


Sifton is paired with St. Louis Assessor Jake Zimmerman in a primary for that seat.  Primaries give Dems heartburn – and so one rumor has Nixon offering one of them the auditor slot to alleviate it.


But that doesn’t solve the problem in Senate 1.  Most Dems I speak to are less than optimistic about the chance of former Rep. Vicki Englund, or Rep. Genise Montecillo being able to hold the seat against the possible Republican candidacy of Rep. Marsha Haefner.   Democratic Rep. Jeanne Kirkton – who might be the best candidate for Dems – reportedly is not interested in running.


The best case scenario would involve the intervention of Attorney General Chris Koster.  He would tell Sifton to check his ambitions, sign on for another term in the Senate.  And when he’s running for re-election for governor in 2020, he’ll exert every level of power and persuasion to give him a primary-free shot at one of the statewide slots.


Originally in March 19 MOScout.