(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the democratic Senate nominee, last week in an interview with TFJ, indicated her support for 7th District democratic nominee Scott Eckersley.
“I think the nominee here [in the 7th] is a strong candidate,” Carnahan said. “He’s shown his toughness and ability to stand up to folks that abuse power, and that’s one of the things we need in Washington – folks willing to stand up, speak truth to power, and look out for citizens.”
Eckersley, who has said publically he ran as a democrat to avoid the crowded GOP primary, said of the support, “The political parties are part of the problem and I will fight any party or special interest that gets in the way of me representing my district.” He said “We need to fill D.C. with people of character and integrity.” “My promise is to represent the people of SW Missouri.”
Eckersley is running against auctioneer Billy Long to replace outgoing Congressman Roy Blunt. Blunt indicated his support of Long earlier this month.
“I’m very comfortable with the idea that Billy will be my Congressman,” Blunt said.
Long, who is having a tough time uniting the republican party, said he’s not going to change anything in his general election strategy.
“I didn’t try to have a theme against anybody during the primary – I don’t have a theme against Eckersley, I’m just gonna have my theme, and that is that we need to send business people up there,” Long said.
Eckersley has the potential to pick up republicans unhappy with their party’s nominee, like former candidate Michael Wardell, who is set to endorse Eckersley in Springfield Tuesday.
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