In all the excitement of Tuesday's election and yesterday's aftermath, a few things got overlooked. Yes, Todd Akin's not going to the Senate, but since House terms last only two years, as of the new year, he's going to join the ranks of the unemployed.
Which leads to another question: Who's going to take his seat on January 3?
The answer is Ann Wagner, former head of the Missouri GOP and ambassador to Luxembourg under George W. Bush. She is pro-life and pro-gun, but anti-legitimate rape. In fact, she publicly chastised Akin for his remarks back in August. Already things are looking up for the second district!
Wagner grew up in Manchester, where her father owned a carpet store, which taught her the value of hard work, blah blah blah. (Does anyone running for office not have family members who worked hard?) She attended Cor Jesu and Mizzou and then worked in management at Hallmark in Kansas City and Purina here in St. Louis. (Her campaign bio doesn't mention if she has pets, though it does discuss her three children.) Her husband Ray was once Missouri director of revenue.
Aside from a nine-year stint as a local committeewoman in Lafayette County, just outside Kansas City, Wagner's involvement in politics has been mostly confined to her party. Aside from chairing the Missouri GOP, she was also co-chair of the national party during the 2004 convention. Part of her job was to convince voters that Republicans actually cared about women.
After she returned home from Luxembourg, Wagner got back to work running Roy Blunt's successful 2010 Senate campaign.
As you might expect, Wagner hews pretty close to the party line. Her victory wasn't much of a surprise, since the second district traditionally goes Republican anyway and she had ten times the funding of her Democratic opponent, Glenn Koenen. Her campaign website contains not one mention of God and no signs that she is a nutjob.
Then again, Todd Akin spent twelve years in Congress before we realized
his true potential as a political entertainer how truly crazy he is. Ann Wagner, we'll be watching you.
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