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Peter Kinder to endorse, hold fundraiser for Shamed Dogan

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder announced today that he is endorsing former Talent staffer Shamed Dogan for State Representative in Missouri’s 88th District.

“Shamed Dogan has all of the qualities that we want to see in our public servants: experience, energy, and most importantly, a commitment to Missouri values,” said Kinder. “From the first time that I met Shamed, I was impressed with his grasp of the issues and his dedication to conservative principles. He is an exceptional candidate and exactly the kind of leader that our party needs.”

Kinder will also headline a fundraiser for Dogan Nov. 10 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield. The host committee for the event includes former Sen. Jim Talent, State Reps. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) and Kenny Jones (R-California), Tim Drury of Drury Development, and Ballwin Aldermen James Robinson, Jane Suozzi and Jimmy Terbrock.

Dogan was born and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Yale University in 2000 and served as a legislative assistant for Senator Jim Talent from 2003 to 2006. In those years, he helped write federal “Pass with Care” legislation and advised the senator on a range of issues including transportation, energy, and immigration.

Dogan was recently selected as the St. Louis Young Republicans’ Man of the Year as well as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30. He works for the Regional Business Council and is a member of the St. Louis Area Young Republicans, the West County Jaycees, and the Urban League Young Professionals. He lives in Ballwin with his wife, Sara.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact the campaign at 314-882-8767 or doganforstaterep {at}

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s endorsement of Fred Thompson

Monday, April 9th, 2007

From Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:

For President of the United States, I will be backing former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson and urging support for him among friends and colleagues.

Thompson is clearly the choice for the Republican nomination for a host of reasons. First, a little history.

Thirty-nine years ago this spring found this 8th grader actively backing the nascent presidential bid of a first-term California governor named Ronald Reagan against the favorite (and eventual nominee), former Vice President Richard Nixon. History has recorded how that one turned out. Listening to and reading elders whom I found persuasive, I believed in: a) the unbounded leadership capacity and historic mission of Gov. Reagan; and b) the un-wisdom of turning the Republican Party over to Mr. Nixon.

Fast forward eight years to my college days. The spring of ‘76 found a gallant former Gov. Reagan, the beau ideal of our doughty band of conservatives, mounting an historic, unforgettable, magnificently inspiring insurgency for the GOP nomination against an unelected President Gerald Ford. Establishment Republicans recoiled against Reagan, telling us Ford was the safe choice, the electable one. (He wasn’t.)

Missouri Attorney General Jack Danforth asked me to abandon my Reagan commitment as a delegate to the convention and switch to Ford. I respectfully declined, standing by the Californian. As Reagan vaulted easily over leadership hurdles where so many others have faltered, a new term — Reagan Democrats — entered American political discourse, to describe the converts by the millions he added to our ranks.

Trust me, fellow Republicans, when I say this: Fred Thompson is the real deal, the closest thing to a natural we’ve had (or are likely to see) since Reagan.

Begin with this: Sen. Thompson is a conservative solidly within the mainstream of his party in a country that still wants to be governed by a center-right coalition. That is, if we Republicans can prove ourselves once again worthy of the trust of Americans who became progressively more disgusted with congressional Republicans through 2006. Thompson, who left Washington four years ago, is untainted by the debacles of 2005-’06.

Proceed to this: Thompson won his two Senate races by the amazing margins of more than 20 points, as he noted recently, “in a state Clinton carried twice.” The meaning of these victories is that Thompson has demonstrated crossover appeal, as Democrats in that great state voted for him both times, by the tens if not hundreds of thousands.

Thompson, of big screen and TV, has a star power, unmatched by any other candidate — an appeal rightly feared by our Democratic friends.

Listen carefully to Thompson as he fills-in these days for radio master Paul Harvey, and you’ll hear echoes of the great Reagan magic. (Reagan also turned to enormously effective radio commentary during his out-years ‘76-’80.) I smiled the other day as I heard Thompson conclude the Harvey show he’s been doing lately. Just a simple, “Let’s get together again tomorrow,” he gently urges his listeners, and the program is over.

What comes through is a genuine, Tennessee neighborliness you can’t fake. It’s also the kind of friendly discourse we speak in the border-state and Midwestern precincts I call home, where any candidate will need to prevail next year.

Fred Thompson is the man.

Submitted by Peter D. Kinder
Lt. Governor of Missouri

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Kinder, Bearden proclamations emancipate Missouri conservatives

Monday, April 9th, 2007

For Missouri conservatives, the Peter Kinder and Carl Bearden letters supporting Fred Thompson display three promising traits:

1.) They are honest. By supporting a candidate who is not even a candidate, Kinder and Bearden are making a statement congruent with what we already know: Our current field of front-runners leaves much to be desired.

2.) They give us cover. Until now, conservatives have been forced to smile and nod politely when those on the Mitt Romney payroll try to convince us that the former Massachusetts governor is our party’s best bet in 2008. But if two of our state’s most conservative — and loyal — Republicans don’t buy it, how can the Romney camp get mad at the rest of us for not buying it either?

3.) They promise a genuine grassroots campaign. What’s more grassroots than asking people to sign a petition to recruit a candidate into the race? Both Peter and Carl have invested a great deal of time working with grassroots groups all over the state — from Young Republicans to Pachyderms to local Missouri Federation of Republican Women chapters — and have built relationships with the activists most likely to recruit their friends into campaigns.

I have dear friends who are supporting second-tier candidates just to make a statement about Romney and Co. I tend to agree with those friends ideologically, and love their eff-the-party-establishment attitude. But realistically, is there a better candidate for mainstream conservatives than Fred Thompson?

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Suggestions for Hancock’s new site: Pt. 1

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Join with me in welcoming John Hancock to the world of blogging. Hancock’s forthcoming site is the Missouri Republican Party’s latest attempt to counter (the MRP pulled the plug on the insipid “MOGOP Blog” a few weeks ago). Let’s hope Hancock’s site — unlike the others — won’t suck.

About a year ago, was terminated, a mere nine months after it was conceived — a late-term abortion we can all endorse. (Thankfully, the Missouri Republican Party still provides a link to the non-existent site. Surprised? Me neither.) (UPDATE: Link to removed from MRP website at 7:30 a.m. this morning.)

I don’t know who was responsible for, although I have a pretty good idea.

I’m not one to tell stories out of school, so you’ll have to forgive the obfuscation of details here: Some time ago, some people approached me about some things. Namely, creating a website to answer the Dems’ operation. I met with those people and floated some ideas. Those ideas apparently went over like a lead balloon, because none were ever implemented. No harm, no foul — while I believe everyone is entitled to my opinion, I don’t expect that everyone follow it.

Still, I think my broader principles are good ones, and I’d like to share some of them with you over the next few days. It’s far from me to think that John Hancock needs to take advice from anyone, much less me. He is probably the state’s top Republican consultant, and certainly the top consultant that the local media identifies as a conservative. And his price tag shows it — his consulting and polling operation was paid about a quarter of a million dollars to push last November’s failed 470% tobacco tax increase.

Let’s begin by looking within ourselves — it’s there that we’ll find the root of my first, and probably most important, suggestion.

1.) Get over Roy Temple. (Note: This suggestion is not aimed directly at John Hancock, but rather, at every current and aspiring GOP blogger.)

Boy, that Roy Temple was a real bastard, wasn’t he? Just when we thought we had him licked — Claire sent him packing when she took over the Dem state party in August ‘04 — he came back and started a website.

At first, he didn’t have much to work with — he made fun of Melanie Blunt’s outfits and wrote silly captions for goofy photos. But then something terrible happened — he started writing posts with substance. First Steps and fee office management diagrams and lobbyist disclosure forms and on and on ad-frickin’-nauseum. And instead of watching and learning from his actions, we did something very un-Republican — we got emotional and started whining about how unfair it was.

Disclaimer: My lack of personal animosity toward Temple became the source of concern to a couple people in 2006, so let me address it: Maybe if I had run campaigns against Roy Temple, I’d get all emotional about him too. But I was 14 years old in 1992, the year Hancock lost his first Secretary of State race and Temple got Mel Carnahan elected governor, so a longstanding professional rivalry isn’t something I can relate to.

Fast-forward to 2007. If you’ve been visiting firedupmissouri for some time and can’t list three lessons you’ve learned about political communication, you have let your short-sighted anger prevent you from seeing the bigger picture. And isn’t that what big-league consultants are paid to do?

Last year, Temple signed on with a DC-based polling and consulting firm, and today, he rarely posts on the site he created. He lives in DC, where he provides a comfortable living for his wife and little girl. (Update: Roy corrected me — he has two little girls, not one.)

Roy has clearly moved on. So should you.

Tomorrow: Where rightmissouri went wrong with their Claire McCaskill attacks.

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