It looks like James Harris touched a nerve.
The Republican political consultant sent out Tweets during a filibuster of legislation dealing with worker’s compensation. The source of Harris’ ire was Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington:
No one should be surprised that Kevin #Engler joined MATA and is filibustering against workers comp reform (SB8). He loves MATA $$$.
He also sent out this Tweet as well:
I love you @tonymess but #Engler always sides w/ labor and MATA against Missouri jobs.
And this one too:
@mskstl Who needs democrat lawmakers when you have Sen. Kevin #Engler working against job creators and for liberal groups like #MATA.
As @tonymess noted, Engler didn’t take the Tweets very well.
At the end of the session, Engler inquired Sen. Brian Nieves - a lawmaker with a history of animosity against Harris. The audio of the exchange is above.
@jrosenbaum @JamesMNHarris email’s @PoliticMo: “No response”
This morning’s headlines are brought to you by “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash, also known to the world as “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel.
OK, I’ll try to keep the wrestling references to a minimum. But it’s going to be hard:
- SENATE SCRAMBLE: Jo Mannies at the St. Louis Beacon has two articles of note concerning the Missouri Senate race. The first one looks at whether former Missouri Republican Party Chairwoman Ann Wagner will run for Senate. The other article looks into rumors at U.S. Reps. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country, or Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, will run instead.
- BLAINE V. SARAH, THE REMATCH: Political consultant James Harris sent a Tweet about Luetkemeyer being “drafted” for the Senate race. Harris has done work for both Steelman and Luetkemeyer in the past. And of course, Luetkemeyer lost to Steelman in the 2004 GOP primary for state Treasurer.
U.S. Reps. Sam Graves, R-Tarkio, and Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, were also considering running against U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri. Both ended up declining.
- SCOTT V. BILL: Mannies also caught up with state Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, about possibly running for Secretary of State against incumbent Democrat Robin Carnahan. If he runs, Rupp will square off against Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, in the GOP primary.
- ODD COUPLE: Politico writes about the potential relationship between incoming Chicago Mayor Rahmn Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
[As always, thanks to johncombest.com for the headlines.]