Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sen. Champion Predicts "Unpleasant" Race With Harpool

While declining my request for an on-camera interview about plans to reform the state license offices, Greene County's Republican Senator did offer her first comments about her upcoming campaign against Democrat Doug Harpool.

Champion said she did not think Harpool would be a tough challenge come election day, but she did predict a nasty race.

"I do think it's going to be unpleasant," Champion said in a telephone interview. "Because he keeps bringing up criticisms of me."

Champion said once voters start examining Harpool's past legislative record, she'll have no problem defeating him. "If he wants to run on his 10 years in the majority and I run on my time in the majority, that would be just fine. I look forward to it," Champion said.

When asked if Champion would participate in a KY3 debate with Harpool, Champion said it was too soon to make that decision. "I don't know. I'm not going to worry about that now. I don't even have a primary opponent."

Champion also said that Harpool's license reform plan strikes her as, "simply a way to get attention." "If he wants to say something on it, that's fine. If you want to report on it and think it is worth the news, that is your decision," Champion told me after I repeatedly requested an on-camera interview for my story that aired Monday night at 10.

"I know you want a comment, but I don't have anything to say about it."


Anonymous said...

Champion says she's happy if voters examine Harpool's past legislative record.

Would that be the record of creating the state ethics commission, increasing - instead of decreasing - money for Missouri State University, and leading the fight to give crime victims a voice in the system?

Yeah. Voters won't like any of those things.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Champion has already started dodging a debate with Harpool.

Anonymous said...

"I'm not going to worry about that now."
"I don't have anything to say about it."
Norma Champion.

Is this really who you want as your senator?

Anonymous said...

Champion is correct to anticipate an unpleasant campaign. She is going have to explain why she voted for Blunt's proposal to gut medicaid, voted to repeal the campaign finance limits the people voted for, and why funding for MSU is lower then when she took office. While she is at it she can explain why she has opposed increasing the minimum wage, failed to support stem cell research and voted to adopt a voucher type system to fund higher education in the state which MSU opposes. Then there is that vote against reform of the fee agent patronage system to discuss... It sounds like an unpleasant task to me.

Anonymous said...

In my dealings with Sen. Champion at the Capitol lobbying her for education bills, you could talk to her for twenty five minutes and she could say exactly nothing. She is good at straddling the fence. Her comments in this space fits her to a tee. Nothing said!!!

Anonymous said...

Champion's colleagues in the General Assembly laugh at her behind her back. Also at Dan Clemmons. When are we going to be represented by people with a clue? People with influence?

Anonymous said...

Champion doesn't have anything to say because the Guv hasn't yet told her what she thinks about the issue.

What hope do we have of Norma agreeing to a debate if she won't make a comment on an issue that has drawn the attention not only of her opponent, but also her colleagues in the House, the Governor, and the FBI?

How much money has Leslie Carter and her busband's money machine funnelled into Norma's campaign???