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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Sarah Steelman
Less than a month after cruising to a new term in Washington, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Monday she is leaving her southeastern Missouri congressional district to become the leader of an organization for rural electric cooperatives.
Rep. W. Todd Akin in Missouri and former Rep. Pete Hoekstra in Michigan emerged from crowded primary fields Tuesday night to capture the Republican nominations to take on two embattled Democratic senators in November.
Three Republicans hungrily eyeing Claire McCaskill's Missouri Senate seat have spent the past few months trying to tarnish each other's conservative credentials while polishing their own — a tactic that's designed to appeal to Tuesday's primary voters but one that could hurt the party's chances against the vulnerable freshman Democrat in November.
Democrats have their thumbs on Republican scales in Senate primaries in Missouri and Wisconsin this summer, hoping to improve their own chances of maintaining a majority in November. The idea isn't quite as far-fetched as it might sound.
In a GOP version of gender politics, some prominent Republican politicians and women's groups have endorsed Sarah Steelman over two conservative male candidates in Missouri's Aug. 7 Senate primary — despite her past votes opposing tort reform and support from labor and trial lawyers' groups.
The Republican primary for Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat has grown increasingly hostile in recent weeks, but the three candidates barely attacked one another at a debate Monday night near St. Louis.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, has sold a private plane she co-owns with her husband, months after her use of it for official business and failure to pay back taxes created a political headache.
The re-election bid of Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is providing an early look at how Republicans plan to tie President Obama and his plunging job-approval ratings to vulnerable Democrats down the ballot next year.
Less than two months after voters gave Republicans six more Senate seats and control of the House, the GOP is lining up candidates for 2012, well ahead of the pace of previous election cycles.
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"I look forward to listening and talking with the members of the congressional committee about their concerns for our country," Mrs. Steelman said. "I know there are a lot of good people interested in running, and I hope we can all work together to select the right candidate."
"I'm not sure how much they are vetting these women," she said. "But I guess I would give Maggie's List a little leeway if Ms. Steelman was conservative on everything else, because I think we need to start somewhere. On the left, Emily's List has thousands of women who write checks and support their liberal ideas. I suspect some of them are not knowledgeable about how liberal that group is."