Missouri politicos, brace yourselves. Ed Martin may be running for Congress.
Martin - a conservative political activist who formerly served as Gov. Matt Blunt's chief of staff - announced the formation of an exploratory committee to run against U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan. The St. Louis Democratic lawmaker represents a congressional district encompassing St. Louis, Jefferson County and Ste. Genevieve.
“These workers and families want leaders who will stand up for them for jobs, lower taxes, less spending and a government that lives within its means. What has become clear is that Congressman Carnahan is not listening to – or speaking for – the people he promised to represent," Martin said in a press release posted on his Web site.
"Examples include his voting record for the so-called ‘stimulus’ bill, for a massive national energy tax, and his public advocacy - in lockstep with Speaker Nancy Pelosi - for a disastrous government takeover of health care which will lead to rationing and endanger Medicare," Martin added. I have always stood up for what I believe in and I'm considering running for Congress to make a difference by standing up for our neighbors and fellow citizens in the district.”
Martin - an attorney who left Blunt's administration in the midst of a controversy over e-mail retention - has formed a number of organizations since leaving state government. He's also been involved with Missouri Roundtable for Life, a group that has grappled with state officials over ballot summary language for an item aiming to ban funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Rumblings of a congressional candidacy started when a Facebook group called "Draft Ed Martin for Congress" appeared a few months ago. As of this post, the group has 222 members.
While a battle between Carnahan and Martin could be quite entertaining, it remains to be seen whether it will be competitive. Congressional Quarterly rated Carnahan's seat as a "safe," which means "the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.