Tommy Sowers Celebrates Memorial Day Power-Walking Through "100 Mile Yard Sale"


Sowers: Road Marchin'
  • Sowers: Road Marchin'
Tommy Sowers would argue with our description of him "power-walking."

The former Green Beret -- and Democratic candidate for Missouri's 8th Congressional District -- calls his hundred mile journey down Highway 25 this weekend a "road march." As in the kind of military hikes in which troops are supposed to keep a pace of four miles-per-hour all while lugging heavy backpacks.

Sower's march this weekend coincides with the 12th annual "100 Mile Yard Sale" when people living between Jackson and Kennett along Highway 25 roll out their finest castoff's for sale to the passing public.

Yesterday, Daily RFT caught up with winded Sowers as he heel-toed it past mile marker 15 of his journey.

Daily RFT: What are the hot items at this year's sale?

Sowers: Oh boy. I've seen a lot of clothes and jewelry. Lawn mowers are popular. So are antiques. Your readers should come on down this weekend. There are a lot of bargains.

Sowers (with flag) and his crew check out the wares.
  • Sowers (with flag) and his crew check out the wares.
What exactly is the point of your road march?

I spent eleven years in the military, three of then overseas on Memorial Day in hostile fire zones. I wanted to honor the men and women who are doing the same this year for our country. I could have come out to this event and cut a ribbon or shown up for the opening or closing ceremonies. But this is a great way to really meet constituents. Not many other candidates could -- or would -- do this.

You're saying incumbent Jo Ann Emerson isn't up to the task?

I'm not seeing her out here. I'll say that.

What's been the reaction from people you've met on the march?

They're really surprised when my staff and I come marching up from the horizon. They tell me that they're tired of the politicians in Washington. They want new blood. I've heard that in Jackson, Delta, Dutchtown and Gordonville. And I expect to hear the same the entire way.

You seem to really enjoy these physical challenges with your 3,000 mile odyssey through the district back in February. What will be your next feat of strength? Perhaps crabwalking your way to Washington if you win in November? 

I don't know about that. But, there will probably be a few more exercise. You've got to keep strong.

So what kind of bargains and bric-a-brac have you bought along the way?

Nothing yet. I've seen some great stuff. But its hard to strap an antique armoire to your back when you still have so many miles to go.


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