Democrat Robert Brantley says he's running in the 137th district because "nobody who is currently elected represents me, my family, my friends or my neighbors."
So he's decided to try to do the job himself. When you click onto Brantley's campaign website, you are bombarded with information. He tops his page with 4 big issues - healthcare, the minimum wage, education and democracy.
He then makes the case that he can't trust government anymore on a host of issues. Robert Brantley is clearly fired up. In other words, he's mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore.
The middle of the page changes pictures every few seconds. It's a montage of Brantley with his kids, Brantley with his family, even Brantley shirtless. Now how many political candidates would post a picture of themselves shirtless?
Brantley says his race will be the "one of the most highly contested races in Southwest Missouri." He lists tons of different links on his page, from progressive sites, to recent stories about the war in Iraq, to other Democratic candidate websites. He's attempting to start a dialogue.
It's clear Brantley is liberal and proud of it. He has a detailed breakdown of past vote totals in the 137th, making the case that a Democrat can take back Rep. Mark Wright's seat.
In the most candid part of the site, he provides a link about his personal struggle to hold his family together. "My oldest son Derek Brantley is currently housed in a Juvenile Lock-Down Facility somewhere in Missouri. I am charged with Abuse," writes Brantley. His story is long and complicated, but he lays it out for you to decide.
Brantley clearly wants everything out in the open. He posts a lengthy resume, noting everything from his landscaping job in junior high to his overseas training for Operation Desert Storm.
Under "From the wires of Public Concern," and "Brantley in the news," the candidate has many different entries on subjects like his Memorial Day speech to veterans issues. Brantley is clearly passionate about the war and foreign policy.
But just by scanning this site, you can tell Brantley is passionate and emotional about most everything he talks about.
Brantley will face Charlie Norr and Richard Napieralski for the Democratic nomination on August 8th.