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I had the chance to see Tommy Sowers last night. Sowers is an Army veteran and a political science professor, and is currently running as the Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District seat currently held by longtime incumbent Republican Jo Ann Emerson. I enjoyed his talk, which centered around his can-do, results-oriented attitude. He emphasized the fact that the same people have been representing the district over and over again, with the same poor results. And I do mean literally poor – the 8th District is one of the poorest in the country, and is the worst for median income for females.

Ever since I first heard of Sowers through some of my VoteVets friends, I’ve liked what I heard. I would like to hear more specifics as he rolls out policy proposals, but if nothing else, he’s going to give Emerson a very strong run for her money, much stronger than any of her challengers for the last decade.  

Aside from having a common sense veteran representing Missouri’s 8th District instead of a lobbyist turned congressman’s wife turned congresswoman, there’s another upside to a strong Sowers candidacy. Because Emerson is essentially unchallenged every two years, she’s free to rake in big bucks from outstate PACS, then funnel the money into Republican campaigns all over the country. For example, in 2004, she sent $3000 to Sen. Jim “Obama’s Waterloo” Demint (R-SC). In 2008, her $4600 helped Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer top Democrat Judy Baker in Missouri’s 9th District. If she had to actually contest her own seat, she’d have to spend her corporate-fueled contributions on her own race, not on her pals around the country.

Which reminds me – tomorrow is the end of the quarter. If you like what you see (and I know that you do) – drop Tommy Sowers some coin right now.