Democrat Running for Senate Abandons Race to Join PSC
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Democrat Running for Senate Abandons Race to Join PSC

Date: March 27, 2008
By:

Jennifer Moore


State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Democrats are upset as one of their own, who was running for a key Senate seat, abandons his race to accept a position with the Public Service Commission.  From Jefferson City, Jennifer Moore reports.

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       Kevin Gunn spent several years as Dick Gephardt's cheif of staff. He was running for the senate seat currently held by the Senate pro-tem, St. Louis County's Michael Gibbons.

        Gunn's sudden withdrawl from the race, however, brought some criticism from members of his own party. 

        Democratic Senator Victor Callahan said he's not pleased with Gunn's decision to accept the nomination while still raising money for an active campaign.

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Description: Callahan says the PSC nominee has not closed down his campaign committee for the state senate.


          Callahan's filibuster stalled Senate action.  It was the Senate's president Pro Temm, Mike Gibbons, a Republican, who sponsored Gunn's appointment.

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Description: The Senate's top Republican says he supports the nomination of Gunn.

          Republicans say Democrats are bent out of shape because they lost a promising candidate for an important Senate seat.

         Reporting from the state capital, I'm Jennifer Moore.