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Previously: Election 2012: 51st Legislative District (November 6, 2011)

Via the Missouri Secretary of State:

State Representative – District 51 (22 of 22 Precincts Reported)

Gary L. Grigsby Democrat 6,236 46.4%

Dean A. Dohrman Republican 6,706 49.9%

Bill Wayne Libertarian 504 3.7%

Total Votes 13,446

It wasn’t exactly a landslide. Looking at the county results makes it appear even less so, via the Missouri Secretary of State:

State Representative – District 51 – County

Johnson

Gary L. Grigsby DEM – 2,459

Dean A. Dohrman REP – 2,610

Bill Wayne LIB – 242

Pettis

Gary L. Grigsby DEM – 360

Dean A. Dohrman REP – 1,190

Bill Wayne LIB – 53

Saline

Gary L. Grigsby DEM – 3,417

Dean A. Dohrman REP – 2,906

Bill Wayne LIB – 209

Saline County didn’t go very well for Dean Dohrman (r), did it? As for the others, what would help the margin? Money.

Dean Dohrman (r) (left) with Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) (center) at the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on July 16, 2012. Gee, you think Dean Dohrman (r) regretted wearing that Akin (r) sticker three days later?

As for ideology, Dean Dohrman (r) found himself in familiar right wingnut company (from his campaign web site):

Right to Life

I believe that life should be protected from conception to natural end.

That’s all of it. No word on what Dean Dohrman (r) thinks about Todd Akin’s (r) or Richard Mourdock’s (r) opinions on the subject.

We’ll look forward to reporting on those future votes against war and to repeal the death penalty.

Gun Rights

My thoughts on a man or woman’s right to bear arms.

Does this foreshadow a future vote in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment?

Role of States

Our Founders established a system of separation of powers and checks and balances.  In Federalist 45, James Madison stated that the primary function of the federal government is national defense and the bulk of other government falls upon the states.  Obviously, this has been lost over the years, and we need to return to the original concept of Madison.  The government closest to the people is the best government.

Ah, a tenther. As if the Constitution and over two hundred years of precedent and stare decisis don’t matter.

Let’s look at the money, starting with a lot of late money for direct mail coming from the Missouri republican party (via the Missouri Ethics Commission):

DIRECT EXPENDITURE REPORT

MO REPUBLICAN PARTY [pdf] 11/2/2012

Dean Dohrman P.O. Box 234 La Monte MO 65337-0234 Representative 51 11/1/2012 $10,654.29

[emphasis added]

On the same report:

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

MO REPUBLICAN PARTY 11/2/2012

King Strategic Communications 4605 Morse Road Suite 201 Columbus OH 43230 11/1/2012 IE direct mail Dohrman $10,654.29

[emphasis added]

It’s the same expenditure, it has to be reported under both categories (who they gave the money to for the mailing and the candidate on who’s behalf they directed that mail).

But, wait, there’s more:

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

C111221 COMMITTEE TO ELECT DEAN DOHRMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE [pdf] 10/29/2012

House Republican House [sic] Committee Inc PO Box 1313 Jefferson City, MO 65102 10/29/2012 $13,080.50

[emphasis added]

And what did the HRCC spend all that money on?:

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE INC [pdf] 10/30/2012

Victory Enterprises 5200 30th Street SW Suite 7 Davenport IA 52802-3039 10/29/2012 Radio Buy-D. Dohrman $13,080.50

[emphasis added]

Over $13,000.00 on radio in a really small media market? That doesn’t even leave room for regular programming.

So, big money from outside the district floods in from republican campaign committees funded by big dollar donors and the beneficiary manages to lose in county with the largest population in the district? And the candidate barely manages to eke out a win overall against a severely underfunded opponent? Hallelujah! That’d be a considered a mandate for a right wingnut.

Wait, there’s even more, via the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Committee Expenditures for Candidates

Report Year: 2012 Last Name: Dohrman

Dean Dohrman PO Box 234 La Monte MO 65337 House 51 Support 07/18/2012 $17.70 MO RIGHT TO LIFE PAC 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/7/2012

Dean Dohrman PO Box 234 La Monte MO 65337 House 51 Support 10/10/2012 $11.81 MO RIGHT TO LIFE PAC 8 Day Before General Election-11/6/2012

Dean Dohrman PO Box 234 La Monte MO 65337 House 51 Support 10/18/2012 $25.35 MO RIGHT TO LIFE PAC 8 Day Before General Election-11/6/2012

Dean Dohrman PO Box 234 La Monte MO 65337 House 51 Support 10/29/2012 $23.39 MO RIGHT TO LIFE PAC 24 Hour Expenditure Report-11/6/2012 General

[emphasis added]

What? Mail lists? Phones?

This Missouri Right to Life:

Missouri Right to Life president writes impassioned plea for support for Akin

By Rudi Keller

Posted August 25, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.

….”Over the course of this past week, Missouri Right to Life has been inundated with requests for interviews regarding Todd Akin. We responded by issuing a statement in support of Cong. Akin’s defense of the life of an unborn child conceived in rape. Nothing has changed with the MRL PAC endorsement of Cong. Akin for the U.S. Senate.

“Cong. Akin’s statement defending the lives of unborn children conceived in rape has been misinterpreted and attacked by the media, anti-life extremists, and many squeamish Republicans who lack the intestinal fortitude to defend their own platform which states: ‘we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.’

“While Cong. Akin stumbled in making the point that there is a difference between a rape assault and statutory rape, and the incidence of pregnancy resulting from rape is low, his statement to not punish an innocent child for the crime of the father and defending the life of that child is what really has the anti-life extremists so exorcised….

Nah, Dean Dohrman (r) probably wasn’t concerned about wearing that Todd Akin (r) sticker at the State Fair.

Wait, there’s even more. Who are some of those big dollar contributors?:

24 HOUR NOTICE OF LATE CONTRIBUTIONS / LOANS RECEIVED C111221 [pdf]

COMMITTEE TO ELECT DEAN DOHRMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Friends of Todd Richardson PO Box 1226 Poplar Bluff, MO 63902 10/30/2012 [$]500.00

[emphasis added]

24 HOUR NOTICE OF LATE CONTRIBUTIONS / LOANS RECEIVED C111221 [pdf]

COMMITTEE TO ELECT DEAN DOHRMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Parson For State Senate 940 N Redel Place Bolivar, MO 65613 11/1/2012 [$]1,000.00

Citizens For Hoskins PO Box 118 Warrensburg, MO 64093 11/1/2012 [$]500.00

[emphasis added]

There’s more, from the “8 Day Before General Election” report:

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

COMMITTEE TO ELECT DEAN DOHRMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE [pdf] 10/29/2012

Friends of Diehl 2404 White Stable Rd Town and Country MO 63131 10/9/2012 $1,000.00

Citizens For Hinson PO Box 67 St Clair MO 63077 10/15/2012 $250.00

Friends of Caleb Jones PO Box 5 California MO 65018 10/19/2012 $250.00

[emphasis added]

Gee, that’s a chunk of republican politicians from outside the district kicking in.

What have we here, a “wink, wink, nod, nod” shell game? (from the same 8 day report):

EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE

COMMITTEE TO ELECT DEAN DOHRMAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE [pdf] 10/29/2012

C. Contributions Made (Regardless of Amount)

HRCC PO Box 1313 Jefferson City MO 65101 10/10/2012 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Why, yes, that’s the same [sic] republican committee that dropped $13,080.50 in radio in the district on behalf of Dean Dohrman (r).

From Dean Dohrman’s (r) campaign web site, a quick mention of education:

Job Growth

The government cannot grow the economy.  There are certain public services and works that must be paid for, police, education, roads and bridges, but these functions do not provide the growth needed for a healthy economy.  The best way to reach prosperity is for the government to provide an environment where entrepreneurs and workers can thrive.  Individual motivation, innovation, and competition are the keys to Missouri’s future.

We look forward to covering Dean Dohrman’s (r) constituent town halls. Especially in the three counties with higher education institutions.