In an open Republican primary in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, a solid conservative would beat an establishment “my turn” Republican, hands down. And the Missouri GOP would hate it.
That’s why I smell a rat. Would you be surprised to learn that Jo Ann Emerson and Lloyd Smith had this switcheroo planned months ago? You have to admit that the timing is suspicious:
* Emerson wins a certain re-election * Smith announces he's stepping down as Missouri GOP Executive Director * Emerson announces she's resigning to become Queen of Lobbyists * Missouri's GOP Establishment breaks hips to tell reporters "Lloyd Smith's our man!