There are reports this morning that state Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, might make the leap into the 2010 Senate race.
That's according to the Springfield News-Leader and the Associated Press. Both are reporting that the second-term lawmaker is launching an exploratory committee for a run at the seat currently held by Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri.
U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, is the only announced Republican candidate. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is running as a Democrat.
Purgason set up a Web site that contains a lengthy press release. In the statement, Purgason says"I think that my own Party bears some blame for
many of the things that are happening today. We have forgotten our
values, what we stand for, and what made us a great nation."
"The greatness of America is not with her government," Purgason said in the release. "The greatness of America is the people of America who day-in-and-day-out, work hard, love and provide for their families and pursue their own version of the American dream. This is the America that I want to represent and fight to preserve."
Purgason often departs with his Republican caucus on fiscal policy. He was one of the chief opponents, for instance, a bonding bill aimed at building capital improvement projects at colleges and universities.
He also came out strongly against an insurance mandate for afflictions related to autism spectrum disorder.
Additionally, Purgason is renowned throughout the Capitol for sometimes sporting a bolo tie.
But Purgason is perhaps best known for his opposition to ethanol subsidies. To illustrate this, here's an audio clip that I made last year during a debate on a mandate for bio diesel: