CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX)-Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has announced that he will not run for the Republican nomination for Missouri governor.
The news came in a release from his office entitled, “Kinder Announces Bid for Re-Election as Lieutenant Governor”.
The release starts out, “After keeping his promise to Missourians to travel the state and discuss a potential race for governor, today Peter Kinder announced his plans to run for re-election.”
In the statement, Kinder criticizes Governor Jay Nixon for making a “mess” of the Department of Health and Senior Services and being “absent in job creation”. He then endorses fellow Republican Dave Spence for governor, “I believe after numerous conversations with Dave Spence that he is the Republican Party’s best chance of defeating Jay Nixon.”
The Missouri Democratic Party issued a statement reacting to Kinder’s decision, it read in part, ““Jay Nixon’s prospects for re-election have never been stronger. Missourians know that Gov. Nixon has been a strong leader in these tough times – bringing Democrats and Republicans together to balance the budget every year without a tax increase, maintaining the state’s AAA credit rating and working tirelessly to help businesses create jobs.”
Kinder has not been available for comment.
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