ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – When it comes to St. Louis-area endorsements for the 1st District Congressional race in Missouri, the early score is William Lacy Clay 2, Russ Carnahan 0.
St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley is pledging his support to Clay.
“He’s a senior Congressman from this area, he’s been a good representative and I support him,” Dooley tells KMOX News.
Dooley predicts a spirited primary battle between the two Democratic heavyweights, setting aside old grudges from a contentious campaign he himself had with Clay about a decade ago.
He says he and Congressman Clay are now friends.
Meantime, Mayor Francis Slay says sending Clay back to Washington would be in the best interest of the city of St. Louis.
“(Clay’s) commitment to the City of St. Louis is deep and long-standing,” Slay wrote on his website www.mayorslay.com. “Because of his experience, he fully understands the issues facing our City, and the people of our City.
Carnahan, who was first in line Tuesday to put his name on the ballot for the newly-redrawn 1st District, received no major endorsements on Day 1 of his showdown with Clay.
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