With federal tax cuts leading the way, some top Missouri Republicans predict they’re on a path to a stronger election-year showing than many critics have predicted.
“I expect it to be a good year for Republicans in Missouri,” said U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who hosted a breakfast Saturday at the state Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Days festivities, held this year in downtown Kansas City. “It seemed like when the tax bill passed in December, it was almost like a light switch flipped on”
State Republican Party chairman Todd Graves offered an assessment similar to Blunt’s, predicting that the state will see a huge GOP field operation this fall, fueled in part by renewed party confidence.
Throughout the weekend, the state’s top elected Republicans showed no outward signs of rifts that have divided the state party recently.
Organizers and officials boisterously cheered Gov. Eric Greitens — who not long ago faced calls for his resignation from some fellow Republicans after admitting a past extramarital affair while denying allegations he threatened to blackmail the woman.
Also in attendance was state Senate President Ron Richard, who last week threw up a roadblock to Greitens’ major tax-cut plan, saying it would drive the state into the red. Yet there was no public hint of that discord here as Greitens repeatedly stumped for the plan and Richard stayed largely out of sight.