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Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder's re-election campaign attributed a second quarter fundraising loss to bad weather.
Rep. Sam Page, Kinder's likely Democratic opponent in November, brought in more campaign contributions over the past three months than the sitting incumbent. Check my earlier post HERE. Page took in about $17,000 more than Kinder between April and the end of June.
Kinder spokesperson Paul Sloca said the Lieutenant Governor's attention to recent flooding problems in Missouri is part of the reason his money haul fell a bit short.
"Unlike some others, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has not had the luxury of spending all his time raising campaign money," said Sloca Tuesday. "Instead, Lt. Governor Kinder led the state as Governor during a time of great crisis when flood waters threatened thousands of Missourians, while at the same time carrying out the day-to-day responsibilities of the state’s chief executive. Simply put, Peter Kinder is not one to put raising money before carrying out his sworn duties as a full-time Lieutenant Governor or when he is called to take on the responsibilities of Governor," he added.
Meanwhile, late Tuesday Page continued to push Kinder to take a position on the newly vetoed Medicare reimbursement bill.
"Lt. Gov. Kinder can still join me in calling for Congress to override President Bush's veto," Page said. "Missouri's seniors deserve to know where the state's designated senior advocate stands on this issue," said Page.
Numerous inquiries to spokesperson Sloca on the issue have been ignored.