Chris Koster is the cunning, experienced, ambitious, close-to-snake-in-the-grass politician who deserves to be elected on Nov. 8 as the next governor of Missouri.
The Democratic attorney general is a crafty strategist well known for promoting his own career. All of the above-mentioned traits could help make Koster an extremely effective governor starting in January 2017. After seeing too many of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s policies get undermined in Jefferson City, Koster knows he’s going to have to work behind the scenes and twist arms to get bills passed with a General Assembly dominated by Republicans — his former party.
It’s essential to emphasize that Koster has the fortitude in a red state to properly support Medicaid expansion, oppose anti-labor “Right to Work” laws, protect women’s abortion rights and promote other progressive positions that would improve how government serves the great majority of Missourians. Koster also is far more qualified to lead the Show-Me State than his opponent.
Hello, Eric Greitens.
If you watch him in action shooting things up — but especially if you go to his vacuous campaign website — Greitens is over-matched when it comes to discussing issues beyond talking points. Example: That website has a section called “I believe” which includes simple-minded statements such as “People of faith are under attack,” “Spending must be cut,” and ” We deserve excellent government.”
Greitens promotes himself as an outsider, which was a winning political scheme in a Republican primary that included two experience pols and a businessman. But Greitens’ good looks, cocky attitude and own self-promotion of his Navy SEAL career don’t make him qualified to lead a state government.
The faults of Greitens become clearer when you look at the more precise statements and solutions offered by Koster on his website if he’s elected.
Of course, politicians can say anything they want. Greitens proclaims he’s going to “end the culture of corruption” in Jefferson City in a political body in which he’s never served and with political powers he doesn’t seem to understand he won’t have. Contrast that with Koster who was caught in a “pay-to-play” scandal in 2014, causing him to abruptly change his stance on taking gifts from lobbyists. Koster knows the system is broken and can improve it. That counts for something. Let’s hope.
But let’s end on a more positive note (because this is an endorsement after all).
Chris Koster will make a fine governor for the state of Missouri, certainly better than his opponent. We’ll just have to keep a close eye on whether Koster cuts corners to make that happen.