Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Congressman Lacy Clay better look over his right shoulder, because he has a challenge coming from that side of the aisle.

Republican Paul Berry launched his bid for the 1st District Congressional seat Friday night during an appearance before friends, family and supporters inside Patrick’s restaurant at Westport Plaza.

“We cannot do the exact same thing and expect a different result,” Berry says. “It is the definition of insanity.”

During a 25 minute speech Berry outlined several areas where he will challenge the incumbent Clay’s record. For instance, the riots in Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

“Lacy Clay did not lead when Ferguson happened, he called in his support from D.C. And that’s a problem,” Berry says. “The one time in our community in his fifteen years of being a Congressman when we could have utilized him, he didn’t show up.”

Berry, a bail bondsman by trade, said he has developed a more workable plan when it comes to immigration as well.

“As a bail bondsman who picks up fugitives, I can tell you emphatically that it’s almost impossible to take 12 or 14 million people and ship them out of the country,” Berry says. “Yes, we protect the border. Yes, we’re going to enforce our immigration laws. No, we don’t have the ability to pick up thirteen million people in a year and ship them out. And every time we say things like that — when you’re an independent voter, it turns you off.”

Berry knows he is up against a longtime incumbent and part of a family dynasty when it comes to the Clays, but he does not think the 1st District Congressional race is unwinnable.

“If we had that attitude, guess what?,” Berry asked his followers. “Hitler would still be in charge!”

Berry is the only GOP candidate running so far.

Clay faces a primary challenge next month from State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal.

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