Washington, D.C. – Central Missouri Congressman Kenny Hulshof
wants to seek another US House term next year rather than run for the Republican governor nomination.
His announcement today clears the way for the GOP to give full support to Secretary of State Matt Blunt in the governor campaign.
The party is itching to take on Democratic Governor Holden after his rocky first two years. However, GOP leaders worry that a
primary contest between prominent Republicans would damage the nominee who challenges Holden.
Hulshof, a four-term congressman from Columbia, was leaning toward the governor's race until his father, Paul of lung cancer in November.
The 43-year-old lawmaker rose to prominence as a prosecuting attorney who won a series of high-profile murder convictions.
Hulshof is known for his fiery closing arguments that moved jurors to tears. And he's used the same speech-making skills on the campaign trail and on the floor of the US House.