Republican nominee for governor Dave Spence made a campaign stop in Missouri’s capital but did so without the big name slated to introduce him.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker canceled a series of appearances with Spence following a deadly shooting at a Milwaukee-area salon. Spence agreed with Walker’s decision and carried on without him.
“He absolutely did the right thing. He put people before politics,” said Spence.
Spence then launched into an attack on Nixon’s record as governor:
“I’ve gone to town squares where it’s half-boarded up – a bail bonds, a tattoo parlor, a diner that closed, and people talk about the factory that used to be there and how many kids and families have had to leave.”
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt stepped in for Walker at the Jefferson City rally.
Blunt told the crowd of around 150 supporters that Spence’s business background, specifically in creating jobs, qualifies him to be governor:
“We just happen to have a guy running for governor who knows more about that than anybody who’s ever run for governor in any time that I’m aware of in our state – ever.”
Also appearing at the rally were U-S Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer who’s seeking election to the newly-reshaped Third Congressional seat, and Republican State Treasurer nominee Cole McNary.