Nobody knows more about the statewide appointments than Gov. Mike Parson, and now it looks like the governor will hire a new attorney general and a new state treasurer to replace the latter two.
Of course, it’s possible the gas will go back to $2.00 and the Danforth boy will drain enough elitist St. Louis Republicans to elect Ms. Busch. But let’s assume the likely scenario that wacky environmentalist hippies remain in charge in the White House, and we see another epic Danforth failure,——and Eric Schmitt lands his new gig. The Mike Parson Employment Agency will post another job offer.
Let’s say the post goes something like:
The State of Missouri has an opening for the Attorney General. The position requires experience in prosecution, policy and government administration. The ideal candidate would commit to the position for a period of time before asking for a promotion, and it would be remarkable if the successful candidate focused more on dragging sex offenders, not school board members, before the courts. courts.
Interested candidates should apply to:
200 Capitol Avenue West Room 200
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Let’s look at some of the options available to the governor.
Andrew Bailey: He is the Governor’s General Counsel and has impressed everyone in the state government with his performance. He’s a former assistant district attorney, and I doubt there’s a lawyer in the state the governor trusts more than Andrew. The question would be whether he wants to pursue political or judicial office. Either way, if he’s interested, he’s a – and maybe the – favorite.
Tim Garrison: The former U.S. Attorney has a resume sent in by Casting Central. He is a veteran who is still in service. He had an unblemished tenure as US Attorney. He looks exactly like what you think an Attorney General would look like. He did charity work with the FOP. He really is a top candidate with a resume that seems almost unreal. The question is how would he fit into an elected position. US Attorneys are the unrivaled kings of their dominance, Attorneys General are far more exposed to public and political discourse.
Former Senator Kurt Schaefer: The former appropriations chairman has a lengthy resume in government, including time serving in the AG’s office. Perhaps his best point is that Kurt Schaefer has an honest passion for the office and the position of Attorney General. He won two tough Senate races in a swing district he probably shouldn’t have won at all, and ran for the GA in 16. He’s a tough guy, a brilliant lawyer who knows good Governor.
Senator Tony Luetkemeyer: Senator de Platte is a rising star in the party, whether or not he gets the nomination. However, he is the senior Republican attorney in the Legislature and the current Chairman of the Senate Judiciary. Senator Luetkemeyer even served as a clerk on the United States Supreme Court. He won a tough race in his first Senate race and proved to be a very good fundraiser. He has passed more bills than I can list, including laws the FOP has been pushing for for a long time. He is one of the top candidates on any statewide slate.
Associate Circuit Judge Chris Limbaugh: He knows everyone in the administration from his service as the Governor’s first general counsel. Chris comes from a heritage of great lawyers, and politics is something that runs quite a bit in his family. He would be someone the Governor could appoint and he would no doubt be easily re-elected. The question, similar to Bailey, is whether he would rather use his influence to pursue a career in elected office or the bench.
Stephanie Belle: She has grown her profile by leaps and bounds over the past five years and built a practice that has seen her work with and get to know most members of the judiciary, as well as the Parson administration. She could deliver a message in public as well as in court and would be someone who is already on the rise, would be put on lightning speed if named.
Representative David Gregory: The St. Louis County gentleman has rock star talent, and while there’s already a rush of people pushing him to run for the state senate in 2024, he would be one of the best candidates for the post of attorney general. He just got out of a statewide campaign and has proven he can raise money. He has many influential friends close to the Parson administration, including David Steward, and is brimming with talent. Some might point out that he just lost a statewide election campaign, but I would ask you what Kit Bond, Mark Richardson, John Ashcroft, Mel Carnahan, Bob Holden, Jim Talent and Claire McCaskill all have in mind. common ? They all lost a race before reaching greater political heights.
Will Scharf: The current assistant United States attorney and former general counsel to the governor’s predecessor has a solid resume and is aggressive. He has a long list of statewide and national legal ties and could put together a solid campaign quickly. It is also absolutely unmistakably brilliant.
Cole County District Attorney Locke Thompson: The Cole County AP beat an incumbent to win the job at a very young age. An incumbent I don’t think Mike Parson would have voted for. He’s compiling a huge prosecution record in Cole County, as evidenced by the fact that he ran unopposed this summer. Locke is unquestionably part of the next wave of promising and talented Republican lawyers and will no doubt be considered for any high profile nomination.
Marc Ellinger: One of Missouri’s foremost lawyers on matters of public interest. He has served as an attorney for several statewide campaigns and knows literally everyone in Missouri Republican politics. He is a former elected as the presiding commissioner of Cole County. He would be ready to be attorney general from day one.
Eddie Greim: He is one of Kansas City’s top lawyers on politics and free speech issues, and is a partner at the highly influential law firm Graves Garrett. He is pragmatic with a flair for politics and an impeccable record in court. He also shares the Governor’s love of Missouri history. If he is not selected for this position, seek him out to be a top candidate for US Attorney the next time there is a Republican in the White House. Many people behind the scenes say that if this wasn’t a political job and the state of Missouri hired the best attorney to represent them, they would hire Eddie Greim.
St. Charles County District Attorney Tim Lohmar: He has the most imposing presence of anyone on the list and is the King of St. Charles County. He has a stellar record in the courtroom and his colleagues across the state have had him leading their association almost from the day he was elected. I bet he takes care of everything around the lake before the fall and would be one of the best candidates.
Some other people whose names are mentioned include former President Elijah Haahr. While I absolutely don’t think he’s done running for office, I wonder if he’d like to spend a little more time with his young family before diving back in. Speaking of people in the media, Tim Jones was once the leading contender to run. the job in 2016, but his media career has taken off to the point that it probably doesn’t make sense for him to come back. If that job offer was four years away, Rep. Bill Hardwick would be one of the best candidates. Plus, Mary Elizabeth Coleman would be on the list if she didn’t win a huge Senate primary. Speaking of JeffCo, Derrick R. Good is a highly respected attorney who is highly respected by many in the Parson administration.
To be honest, if I had my choice, I would choose the man who freed the faces of the Missouri children, Cole County Judge Dan Green. If Gussie, or most of the other Missouri kids had a choice, they would make Judge Green AG, governor and manager of the St. Louis Cardinals all at the same time.
Be sure to check out this week’s Missouri Politics Sunday for our annual visit with Governor Mike Parson to the Missouri State Fair.
Featured Image: Chris Koster, former Missouri Attorney General
Scott Faughn is the publisher of the Missouri Times, owner of the Clayton Times in Clayton; SEMO Times at Poplar Bluff; and host of the only statewide political television show, This Week in Missouri Politics.