Speaker Tim Jones (r) is term limited out of the House after this year. Senator Brian Nieves (r) has sort of endorsed Representative Jones as his replacement if need be, not that Representative Jones has tipped his hand. Representative David Schatz (r) has other ideas.
This is what I want people to know about my decision, our friendship, and what I hope for your future! Please feel free to make copies of this and hand them out….
Dear Friends of the 26th,
First of all let me thank you for always supporting “The Right Side of the Republican Party” in Franklin and Western St. Louis Counties! Secondly I’d like to thank you for having always offered such heart felt support and grass roots effort to move our objectives forward and position my campaigns to win.
For some time now I’ve been contemplating whether or not to seek reelection to the Missouri Senate. As you can imagine, I’ve invested many hours praying, talking to Julie, and discussing it with my kids. This decision has proven to be the most difficult one I’ve ever had to make and I pray each of you will support me moving forward in much the same way you have in the past.
Some of you were with us twelve years ago when we formed a coalition of Conservatives who believed, against all odds, that we could get a guy like me, a relatively unknown Navy Veteran and business owner, elected to the Missouri House. We were the laughing stock of the political scene and NONE of the political establishment thought we had a chance! How exhilarating it was, and continues to be, to be a part of something so exciting! As you know, we WON! We not only won, we won BIG! Our Team of Conservatives helped usher in a real change to the political atmosphere. When we decided to tackle a senate run, the “establishment” once again said we’d never win but WE did! These have been, by far, the most exciting twelve years of my life and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of this conservative ground swell. It is people like YOU who inspire me to Fight Fiercely and never give up. Because of people like you, and the way you inspire me, I assure you I’ll never leave the fight! I may fight from a different place or in a different way but I’ll never leave the fight.
While these twelve years have been a Blessing as well as exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling, they’ve also been very taxing on my family. My three children are Champions and have figured out how to make it without Dad being around for the majority of their last twelve school years. They’ve endured me missing recitals, ball games, concerts, and teacher conferences. My family is 100% behind me in whatever decision I make and I love them for that. We, as a family, feel it may very well be time for me to find a way to fight the battle in a way that doesn’t require my wife to be sort of like a “single Mom” for five months out of the year, and doesn’t require my kids to automatically know that Dad just isn’t gonna be able to make that special event that occurs between January and June of each year. Maybe it’s time for me to serve in a different capacity. I’m proud to have dedicated twenty two years of my life to serving – Ten years active duty Navy and twelve years in our legislature! I can’t see myself ever terminating my service and dedication to our Constitutions but it may be time for me to do it in a different way. Perhaps in the private sector through my Leadership Development Business and/or in some local public office, but one thing is sure… I will remain “In Service!” Just closer to home!
History… Twelve years ago I began a personal friendship with Tim Jones. We instantly hit it off in terms of political opinion, comedy, talk radio and many other things that two guys base a friendship on. We have enjoyed a friendship that, unlike most relationships connected by politics, has gotten stronger and more principally meaningful over the years. I typically become LESS interested in friendships involving people in politics as I get to know them. Tim is an exception because time has caused me to have an even higher regard for him! Tim, like anybody else who knows me well, has heard me say a million times that I don’t want to be in Jeff City forever and was one of the first people to have heard me say “I’m thinking about getting out.” I don’t remember how long ago or how many times he heard me say that but it was long ago and many! He was, of course, a natural choice, as a friend, for me to reach out to when I started to realize the timing may not be good for me to seek reelection and he was, as he is today, gentleman enough to assure me he would NEVER run against me and would support which ever decision I would ultimately make.
Some time ago there began to be whisper campaigns and rumors started by political operatives and perhaps the same old “establishment” that has always fought me. They noticed I wasn’t raising money or campaigning and started rumors that would suggest I was about to be given a lucrative political appointment by our democrat governor! They whispered that I would run for reelection, win, and then drop out allowing the central committee to pick my replacement. They told people I was going to become a lobbyist and on and on and on, just like they always have! These rumors and whisper campaigns were all FALSE! They tried to find someone to run against me and unfortunately we now see that someone has! We may never know what role, if any, these political hacks played in the decision made by a local representative to run against me and I pray it was not that same old “committee of they” who caused this challenge to my incumbency. What I do know is this… Tim Jones, a True Blue Conservative, a man with whom I have been friends for twelve years, has been a complete and total gentleman and has shown extreme deference to whatever decision I make while also showing my family the kind of respect we can admire! Tim Jones has made it perfectly clear, both personally and publicly that he will NOT run if I seek reelection and I appreciate that more than I can explain. Tim knows, as do others, that I’ve been at a huge fork in the road and that my desire to be closer to home and fight the fight for liberty in a new way may very well cause me to leave the senate. His understanding and willingness to support my decision and patiently await that decision is appreciated.
I will announce my final decision before our scheduled Franklin County Lincoln Days. When I was asked by my current primary opponent about when I would decide, I promised it would be well in advance of the close of filing so that he or anybody else would have the opportunity to file in the 26th. Unfortunately we now know that allowing me to decide was not in the cards and he filed to run against me! We now find ourselves answering questions like “why would somebody file AGAINST our well known, conservative senator?” So, I now have to watch my wife and kids get the kind of controversial, unwanted attention they did NOT sign up for and would have easily been avoided if everyone in politics simply would have offered my family the kind of respect shown by my friend Tim Jones.
Prior to Lincoln Days I will make my announcement but please know this…. If I take my name off the ballot I will give my FULL, Un-throttled support to the man that has treated me and my family with honor and respect – a man who is a True Blue Conservative and Activist, a man who has been a great friend, a man who did NOT support an 8 Billion Dollar Road Tax Hike, the largest tax increase in our state’s history, like my current opponent did, a man who has not been the chief sponsor of legislation requiring you to be treated like a criminal when buying Sudafed as my current opponent has, a man who’s voting record is extremely reflective of my own. A man who joined me regularly on my ultra conservative radio show, The Patriot Enclave, during the years I hosted it. A man who demonstrated to the world, back in 1994, long before starting in politics, where he stands on State Sovereignty by submitting a thesis on Printz v. United States. A man who served at the tip of the spear in the fight against Obama Care when he became, with me, a member of the legislative foursome who became affectionately known as “The Healthcare Freedom Act Quartet” and championed the first anti Obama care legislation enacted in the country! A man who’s long time, well established, conservative credentials make him the obvious choice, and a man who I hope to one day call governor but for now will just call him Tim Jones!
Please pray for me and especially my family as we finalize a difficult and weighty announcement. After twenty two years of service and the corresponding sacrifices made by my family, it’s time for me to put family at the top of the pecking order. I’m less than a week from announcing my FINAL decision and when I do…. Well, I just hope you’ll allow Tim Jones to become your next senator!
Isn’t this the plot of a Wagnerian opera cycle? Just asking.
It appears that Senator Brian Nieves (r) has drawn a primary. At 4:03 p.m. yesterday Representative Dave Schatz (r), who was first elected in the 61st Legislative District in 2010 (and not yet subject to term limits), filed as a candidate in the 26th Senate District, challenging Senator Nieves (r) in the primary….
….As if there’s any substantive difference between the two?
It appears that Senator Brian Nieves (r) has drawn a primary. At 4:03 p.m. yesterday Representative Dave Schatz (r), who was first elected in the 61st Legislative District in 2010 (and not yet subject to term limits), filed as a candidate in the 26th Senate District, challenging Senator Nieves (r) in the primary.
It interesting to note that ten minutes after Representative Schatz (r) filed for the Senate Justin Alfermann filed to replace Schatz as a republican candidate in the 61st Legislative District at 4:13 p.m.:
It’s all in the timing.
Representative Schatz (r) does not have a particularly low key legislative agenda (for the current session):
HB1093 Lant, Bill Schatz, Dave HB 1093 1/9/2014 Referred: Workforce Development and Workplace Safety
4567H.01I – Requires authorization for certain labor unions to use dues and fees to make political contributions and requires consent for withholding earnings from paychecks
HB1094 Lant, Bill Schatz, Dave HB 1094 1/9/2014 Referred: Workforce Development and Workplace Safety
4569H.01I – Specifies that no person as a condition or continuation of employment can be required to engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices
HB1095 Lant, Bill Schatz, Dave HB 1095 1/9/2014 Referred: Workforce Development and Workplace Safety
4568H.01I – Specifies that no person as a condition or continuation of employment can be required to engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices
HB1148 Hicks, Ron Schatz, Dave HB 1148 1/9/2014 Referred: Health Care Policy
4185H.01I – Requires an ultrasound to be conducted and reviewed with the pregnant woman prior to the 24-hour waiting period for an abortion
HB1478 Swan, Kathryn Schatz, Dave HB 1478 1/22/2014 Referred: Health Care Policy
5105H.02I – Changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care
HJR43 Lant, Bill Schatz, Dave HJR 43 1/9/2014 Referred: Workforce Development and Workplace Safety
4448H.01I – Proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit public labor organizations from withholding sums from the earning of public employees for the payment of dues or fees without consent
HJR44 Lant, Bill Schatz, Dave HJR 44 1/9/2014 Referred: Workforce Development and Workplace Safety
4451H.01I – Proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit employers from requiring persons to become members of a private labor organization as a condition of employment
HJR55 Hicks, Ron Schatz, Dave HJR 55 1/28/2014 Public Hearing Completed (H)
4677L.01I – Proposes a constitutional amendment protecting a citizen’s right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife and the use of traditional devices and methods to exercise the right
HB872 Schatz, Dave Kolkmeyer, Glen HB 872 4/23/2013 Public Hearing Completed (H)
2052L.01I – Removes the renewal requirements for concealed carry endorsements making them valid for life if not suspended or revoked
HB77 Burlison, Eric Schatz, Dave HCS HBs 77, 91 & 95 5/9/2013 Rules – Reported Do Pass (H)
0370H.05C – Specifies that no person as a condition or continuation of employment can be required to engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices
HB350 Frederick, Keith Schatz, Dave HCS HB 350 4/24/2013 Rules – Reported Do Pass (H)
1071L.02C – Prohibits the publication of any identifying information of firearm owners and prohibits health care professionals from being required to inquire, document, or disclose a patient’s status as a firearm owner
HB378 Kelley, Mike Schatz, Dave HB 378 2/27/2013 Referred: Health Care Policy
1222L.01I – Prohibits a licensed pharmacy from being required to carry or maintain in inventory any specific prescription or nonprescription drug or device
HB386 McCaherty, John Schatz, Dave HB 386 3/13/2013 Voted Do Pass (H)
1187H.01I – Establishes the Abortion Ban for Sex Selection and Genetic Abnormalities Act of 2013 to prohibit an abortion solely due to the sex of the unborn child or a genetic abnormality diagnosis
HB400 Riddle, Jeanie Schatz, Dave HB 400 7/12/2013 Gov Took no Action, Sent to Sec of State/Article 3 Sec 31(H)
0839L.01T – Establishes requirements for the administration of RU-486 or any other abortion-inducing drug or chemical
HB1512 Curtman, Paul Schatz, Dave HB 1512 5/1/2012 Public Hearing Held (S)
5396L.01P – Establishes the Civil Liberties Defense Act which specifies how courts may rule in contractual disputes involving the laws of other countries and in jurisdictional issues involving other countries
HB1637 Curtman, Paul Schatz, Dave SCS HCS HB 1637 5/16/2012 Placed on Informal Calendar
5143S.06C – Establishes the Missouri Sound Money Act of 2012 which changes the laws regarding legal tender
HB1747 Wells, Don Schatz, Dave HB 1747 3/5/2012 Public Hearing Completed (H)
5867H.01I – Changes the laws regarding weapons
HB1933 McCaherty, John Schatz, Dave HB 1933 5/2/2012 Public Hearing Completed (H)
5798L.02I – Establishes the Abortion Ban for Sex Selection and Genetic Abnormalities Act of 2012 to prohibit an abortion solely due to the sex of the unborn child or a genetic abnormality diagnosis
HB2051 Cookson, Steve Schatz, Dave HB 2051 4/18/2012 Referred: Elementary and Secondary Education (H)
6277L.02I – Prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in public school instruction, material, or extracurricular activity except in scientific instruction on human reproduction
HCR9 Curtman, Paul Schatz, Dave HCR 9 2/20/2012 Public Hearing Completed (H)
4379L.02I – Urges the United States Congress to pass the Federal Reserve Transparency Act to require a complete audit of the Federal Reserve
HJR49 Brattin, Rick Schatz, Dave HJR 49 4/30/2012 Public Hearing Held (S)
4422L.01P – Proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that the right of every citizen to possess or purchase ammunition and articles for the proper functioning of arms must not be infringed or limited
HJR64 Curtman, Paul Schatz, Dave HCS HJR 64 5/9/2012 Rules – Reported Do Pass (H)
4479L.02C – Proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system
HJR72 Bahr, Kurt Schatz, Dave HJR 72 3/22/2012 Referred: General Laws (H)
5301L.01I – Proposes a constitutional amendment specifying that each citizen has an inherent liberty that includes being able to make decisions regarding lawful health care-related services or products