Koster: "Missouri Has Enough Partisans"
Rep. Jeff Harris calls rival Attorney General candidate Margaret Donnelly "a good candidate," and leaves it there.
"I don't ever speak ill of other good Democrats," Harris said.
Harris won't even call Senator Chris Koster a Democrat. But he does have a lot to say about his record.
You can watch my KY3 News @ 10 on Harris' claim and Koster's response HERE.
Harris claims Sen. Koster dodged a vote on school vouchers back in February. The bill in question would give tax credits to special education students to attend private or religious schools.
The Missouri National Education Association, along with most Democrats, strongly oppose any measure to "transfer state funds to private, religious or home schools that are not accountable to the standards placed on public schools."
Koster didn't cast a vote the day the bill came up in committee. His campaign says he missed it because he was working on other legislation. "On the same day of the vote, Koster was preparing the Black Historic District Legislation, a bill vital to reducing poverty in inner Kansas City," said Koster campaign spokesman Webster Cash.
"Is he for the bill or is he against the bill, I think all Democrats want to know the answer to that question," Harris asked in an interview.
"As the the uncle of a special needs 5-year-old, Koster firmly believes that no politician should be close minded to the debate over providing quality special education for disabled children," Cash said.
In early comments to the Kansas City Star, Koster said he didn't support "vouchers" but added that he did support a tax credit plan for special need students to give them options.
You can watch more excerpts of Harris' interview HERE.
"Our campaign is about ideas and elevating the dialogue. Missouri has enough partisans. There are already too many people who want to launch negative attacks. Koster wants to do what he's always done - - reach out, work together and lead Missouri forward. Koster welcomes a full and fair discussion that goes beyond "politics-as-usual" and attack rhetoric," said Cash.
But Harris said he has a clearly distinguishable record from his opponents. He said he's the only candidate who has worked in the Attorney General's office under a Democratic A.G. "I'm the only person in this race who's been the leader against the Matt Blunt agenda," Harris added. "Nobody else has put out the legislative agenda that I have."