By Carl Bearden
I’ve been involved in Republican politics for a good chunk of my life. I’ve attended untold Lincoln Days across the state, and I’ve shaken the hand of every major Republican office-holder in this state dating back to State Auditor Kit Bond. I’ve been elected to local office as well as the statehouse and even ran statewide once.
And throughout that time, I’ve been a Republican because I believe in some basic principles: smaller government, lower taxes, supporting our police and military, standing up for the 2nd amendment, and protecting the sanctity of life. Those are my bedrock commitments—and I’m proud to say that Missouri’s Republican Party has primarily stuck by those as well.
Last year was unique for those of us who have been long-time members of Missouri’s GOP. In last year’s gubernatorial primary, I’ll admit: I didn’t support Eric Greitens. I supported Catherine Hanaway. And yet, when candidate Greitens won the primary, I voted for him in the general election and told my friends to do the same. As much as I wanted Catherine to win, I couldn’t stomach the thought of four more years of Missouri losing ground under Democratic leadership in the Governor’s office. Read more…