Election Day 2012 is just under a year away, and there’s still no major Republican challenger to Democrat Jay Nixon in next year’s Missouri Governor’s race.
GOP Lt. Governor Peter Kinder still has not announced his intentions, despite raising over a million dollars for a potential gubernatorial run. Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He says allegations about Kinder’s past visits to a strip club may have harmed his ability to financially keep pace with Nixon.
(l-r) David Mauldin (Vietnam), Don Hentges (Vietnam), Gov. Jay Nixon, Wilburn Rowden (WWII), and Roger Stottlemyre (Vietnam). Nixon awarded the four veterans with Silver Star banners at a ceremony at the Mo. Capitol.
Four mid-Missouri veterans today were awarded Silver Star banners at the State Capitol, in honor of their past military service.
Among them was 88-year-old Wilburn Rowden of Jefferson City, a World War II vet who served as a radio operator onboard a B-17 bomber. His plane was shot down over Germany, and he spent the rest of the war as a POW.