Washington Missourian reports that Rep. Dave Hinson is unbowed after telling them a “different story” in an interview last week. See it here.
Pull Quote: The Missourian obtained a copy of the police report, which tells a different story from what Hinson, 43, told the newspaper last week during a 20-minute interview about the incident. Last week, Hinson told The Missourian that he only had one alcoholic drink the whole day of the incident and said he was not impaired. Hinson said Wednesday that the incident did not have any bearing on him withdrawing his interest for a vacant county commission seat in Franklin County this year. Moreover, Hinson said he would still be interested in running for the Franklin County Commission in the future. He said he is still a “public servant.” Hinson also said he would be interested in serving one more term in the Missouri House if the “voters send me back.”
Rudi Keller writes on the Hinson episode. See it here. The picture of his car makes a louder statement than anything in the article. It’s pretty inconceivable he’d have thought he hit a curb and it did that damage. Keller also put up the Capitol Police report on the incident. See it here.
Three Fronts of Trouble
Hinson has three different fronts to worry about. First, there’s his caucus. “He did himself some damage going into the caucus and saying I am innocent… Now doesn't Richardson have to do something? Otherwise it's like go out party, run into trouble with law, lie to the press and come to caucus and lie, and it’s business as usual?..”
Second, there’s the 2016 election cycle. One Dem operative called yesterday to say that it while it’s a Republican district, it’s not an out-of-reach Republican district. It’s something to take a look at, especially given how it’s playing out in the local papers (see above).
Thirdly, given that Hinson has been one of the Republicans sympathetic to labor, there’s a real opening for a right-side primary. In addition to running on red meat RTW, a hypothetical challenger now has perfect “throw the bums out” argument made. He or she has lot of material to use between the various news articles, the Capitol Police report, the judge chiding him, and his ridiculous Missouri Times interview.
The committee meeting to nominate the Republican in House 89 special election will happen on Tuesday August 18.
Senator Claire McCaskill will do an onstage interview and book signing for “Plenty Ladylike” on August 15 at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. Get tickets here.
Ten of the seventeen Republican presidential candidates will be onstage tonight for a televised debate. Politico reports that Scott Walker hopes to “to talk about complex issues like foreign affairs — an area he’s been boning up on with the help of former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent.” See it here.
The mighty Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies has an interesting piece up, offering pieces of insights from various elected officials about what they’ve learned from Ferguson and what’s needed going forward. See it here.
And Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson has “rebuffed a Justice Department draft proposal to reform Ferguson’s police and courts and requested more time to come up with a counteroffer.” See it here.
Carlos Vargus-Aburto added Missouri Innovation Corporation, Southeast Missouri State University, and Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
Greg Hunsucker added Missouri Restaurant Association, and V's Italiano Ristorante.
Casey Wasser added Missouri Department of Revenue.
Drew Hobby added Missouri Care (aka Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.).
Mark Tucker added Office of Administration.
Richard Martin deleted National Association Of Professional Employer Organizations, and Uber Technologies Inc.
Charles “Andy” Arnold deleted Unite Here Local 47.
Brett Berri deleted State of Missouri – Office of Administration.
Missourians for Fair Wages - $20,000 from National Restaurant Association.
Hawley for Missouri - $10,000 from Kathleen Mumma.
Citizens for Jake Zimmerman - $5,001 from Barry Aycock.
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America Political Account - $38,544 from Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
Happy birthdays to Rep. Jack Bondon (34), and former Reps. Bob Nance (66) and Bryan Stevenson (46).