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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Gubernatorial Candidate Stumps in Springfield

State Attorney General Jay Nixon spoke to an overflow crowd at Avanzare Thursday night during a fundraising event. Nearly twice as many people showed than expected when the event was booked. Several local Democratic candidates were also on hand.

Photo: Michael Noell and Jay Nixon

Nixon spoke of Matt Blunt’s disappointing first year in office. He’s ”not your father’s Republican, he’s a neo-con, a conservatives conservative.” Nixon berated Blunt for breaking an election eve promise to not cut Medicaid, and pointed out that 337,000 Missourians are now adversely in their health care under Matt Blunt’s first year of office.

"The Republicans are asking the wrong question. They’re asking 'How can we cut Medicaid,' when they should be asking 'How can we maximize our resources to help as many people as we can'." Nixon declared that Missouri is losing $353 million to other states in lost Federal matching money for various health care programs.

Photo: Nixon addresses area Democrats

After his speech, Nixon mixed with well-wishers and addressed individual concerns and questions. Nixon confirmed that the Missouri Ethics Commission referred a second campaign finance ethics violation charged against Matt Blunt to the Attorney General’s office.

Photo: Nixon briefed by Dudley and Kay Martin


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good story, Richard. Nixon is such a strong candidate and I would assume will easily beat Blunt.


8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article. Nixon is such a strong candidate, and I can't wait until he knocks Blunt out.


8:31 AM  

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