Earlier this week, state Sen. Chuck Purgason promised a "major announcement" about his U.S. Senate campaign.
Could it be that the bolo-wearing legislator was dropping out the GOP primary? Was he resigning from the state Senate? Was he casting away his bolo forever?
It turns out that Purgason, R-Caulfield, didn't use his Capitol Rotunda new conference for any breaking developments about his bid to replace U.S. Sen. Kit Bond. Instead, he used the media attention to criticize U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt for being a leadership when the nation's deficit exploded.
Blunt, R-Springfield, has racked up numerous endorsements and is raising big money for the contest. But Purgason said he's not backing down from his electoral fight.
Here's video from his presser:
Purgason said at his news conference that he was still opposed to plan where the state would issue bonds for capital improvement projects. He joined several other Republicans to torpedo the program earlier this year.
Missouri Democratic Party executive director Brain Zuzenak issued the following statement on Purgason's "major" announcement:
“Senator Purgason’s candidacy shows that Republicans are not unified behind Congressman Blunt because, as Senator Purgason said, the deficit is out of control and as part of the GOP leadership, Roy Blunt is part of the problem. But Missourians won’t be well served by Senator Purgason or Congressman Blunt – both have records of trying to cut senior citizens and the disabled off of Medicaid and Medicare. In contrast, Robin Carnahan has a record of standing up for seniors and putting Missourians first.”