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Congratulations and Thank You to Rep. Dottie Bailey
Rep. Dottie Bailey has represented Missouri’s 110th House district since winning a landslide in 2018. And another landslide in 2020. She announced today that she will not seek a third term.
In her Facebook post she wrote:
With love and gratitude to my constituents of District 110, as well as the State of Missouri and the greatest nation in history, the United States of America I have decided not to run for re-election in the house for 2022. I have greatly enjoyed serving the wonderful people of Missouri. As promised, I have maintained my staunchly conservative ideals, fighting attempts to advance socialist style policies, gun control and totalitarian moves under the guise of health policy.
I am proud to have worked across the isle with Democrat colleagues in the mutual interest of protecting our most at risk children.
As well, I am moving a district away and taking up an exciting new career as my term ends. I am leaving happy with what I accomplished with unbowed conservative principles and an unmasked smile.
A Fierce Fighter for Liberty and Good Government
In her two terms, Dottie has fought, not just for the 110th, but for the principles on which this country was founded—the principles that seem lost in Washington, Jefferson City, school boards, and counties. Every day of her life as a legislator, Dottie had the chance to write her ticket to bigger and better things by compromising on “just this one, little thing.” She didn’t. She remains a patriot and a Tea Partier throughout.
On education, Dottie increased school accountability to taxpayers and parents
She fought Covid lockdowns and mask mandates for small business owners and students
She eviscerated the crooked House and Senate leaders who used thug tactics to implement the highest tax increase in state history
She partnered with Democrats whenever they found common ground on issues of freedom from government overreach
She refused to “play the game” because she wasn’t in the mood for any games
My old Tea Party friends from across the country regularly write to tell me what an inspiration Dottie has been. “She’s the model of what we need in office,” one national leader told me recently. They will be sad that Dottie is leaving the arena, as am I. But our sadness cannot compare to our pride and appreciation that Dottie dared to step into the arena, face the bull, and keep the republic.
Dottie Didn’t Leave the District in Doubt
As a parting gift to her district, Dottie recruited a stellar champion of conservative values to run for the seat previously held by former speaker Tim Jones and Kirk Matthews.
Again, from Dottie’s Facebook post:
With the responsibility of representing you in Jefferson City, I knew I could not leave you in the hands of just anyone. To continue the protection of your Constitutional rights, I am enthusiastically endorsing Holly Jones as the next Republican representative candidate of our great district. Holly is a wonderful conservative and shares the same love of our state and country as I do.
Final Thoughts from Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt wrote the perfect accolades. I cannot improve, so I will quote:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes [up] short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
On behalf of the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and the wonderful geniuses who read this blog, thank you. Fair winds and following seas!
In lieu of flowers, please send Holly Jones to Jefferson City.