"None of us had the heads-up."
TOUTS ECONOMIC RECORD IN WEB INTERVIEWLieutenant Governor Peter Kinder sat down with Gary Marble of Associated Industries of Missouri to tout his business credentials as a potential candidate for Governor.
Kinder said "none of us had a heads up," and said he got the word with other lawmakers 10 minutes before Blunt made the announcement.
You can watch the interview on the AIM website HERE.
"We were all stunned, shocked, surprised, but I immediately resolved that I intend to announce in the next couple of weeks that I will run for Governor," Kinder said in the interview.
Kinder cited his experience in helping shrink the rolls of state employees and "fight the budget fight" to keep Missouri a low-tax, business-friendly state.
Kinder's political consultant is also touting a new article from the conservative magazine Human Events, which writes that Kinder is ahead of the pack "in a big way."
"State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who announced for re-election three hours before Blunt announced his retirement, and Rep. Kenny Hulshoff, are both considered potential candidates for governor. But in terms of name recognition, organization, and early movement, Kinder is ahead in a big way," writes John Gizzi.