Thursday, March 05, 2009

Donaldson Forms Exploratory Committee For Congress

Convoy of Hope President Hal Donaldson announced Thursday that he has formed an exploratory committee to gauge interest in a possible run for Roy Blunt's Congressional seat.
PLUS: Top Blunt Fundraiser Peels Off For Donaldson
"After months of encouragement from numerous individuals I deeply respect, my wife and I have decided to form an exploratory committee," Donaldson said in a statement released by spokesperson Spence Jackson. "In the weeks ahead, I will be traveling throughout the district to listen to the concerns and views of those I have an interest in serving."

"Meanwhile, I will continue to serve as President of Convoy of Hope, working to offer real help to hurting people. We will continue to monitor interest and support for my candidacy and will make a formal announcement of my intentions in the future," Donaldson said.

Donaldson created Convoy of Hope in 1994. He has a journalism degree from San Jose State University and another in biblical
studies from Bethany University.

Spence Jackson, a top GOP campaign communications staffer in the state who has worked for Matt Blunt and Sarah Steelman told The Notebook that Donaldson was very seriously considering a candidacy, but that he wants to travel the district first before any final decision is made.

In a brief interview, Jackson also said Republican Tom Carter will be assisting with Donaldson's fundraising.

Carter's alliance with Donaldson is significant, because Carter is known as a major contributor to the Blunt family. But it's widely known that much of the Blunt political apparatus is behind the candidacy of State Sen. Jack Goodman.



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