Wednesday, December 26, 2007

BJ Marsh Gunning To Be A Democrat or Maybe An Independent

We posted the following back on Sunday, May 06, 2007.

First BJ and Tony Messenger had a discussion about term limits. Marsh wants to run to represent his district again, but term limits won't let him do it. He believes the law should be tossed out. "I'm gung ho about this," Marsh said. "I think term limits are wrong."

Then BJ has a far reaching conversation with
Dave Catonese on his KY3 Political Blog.

Then, in this morning's News-Leader, Tony Messenger has a story about BJ and his lonely ethical stand.

Catonese mentions BJ's attendance problems in Jefferson City, only ever so slightly. When Democrats mention his attendance, BJ brings up his deceased wife's health problems, his son running into the wall at Greenwood (actually that year BJ had one of his best attendance records in the legislature), and his own health problems.

BJ is a nice guy. If I ever wanted to take a bus trip, I'd want him to be the driver, no, not the driver, BJ has too many health problems to be trusted driving a bus, but the tour guide, the guy who sits on the jump seat and tells jokes to the tourists. That's what I want BJ to be doing.

BJ's up to something, you can't feed at the public trough for as long as he has and not want it to continue.

Dave Catonese, over at the KY3 Political Blog, posted this posting December 26, 2007:
B.J. Marsh Unleashed!

"I'll jump in and spoil things"
"50% and under"
"Because Blunt and Jetton are for Romney"
There's probably no juicier political interview in the Ozarks than Rep. B.J. Marsh. The maverick moderate Republican, who has been saddled with health problems and missed countless important votes in Jefferson City, likes to say he "tells it like it is."
The fact that he's term-limited in the House after 2008, means his loose lips seem even a bit looser these days.
In a wide-ranging interview Wednesday, Rep. Marsh told the KY3 Political Notebook he's almost certain he'll run for Sen. Norma Champion's District 30 Senate seat when it opens up in 2010. He has already filed official campaign papers for the run, but isn't yet settled on if he'll run as a Republican or independent.
"I'll jump in and spoil things," Marsh said with a laugh via telephone, as he makes his annual trek out to the Rose Bowl in California. "If they put up 5 ultra-conservative pro-life candidates, I'll jump in as a moderate and win the thing. If not, I'll run as an independent. Just depends what things look like."
Marsh also predicted he could see lawmakers take up the touchy issue of term-limits this year. He said there may be some movement to do away with them altogether or extend them to 18 years.
The #136th district representative also questioned the time his Republican Governor has left in office. Marsh said Matt Blunt's re-election chances are "50% and under." He cited the Medicaid cuts and the recent Scott Eckersley scandal as the main reasons.
"When I'm on a tour bus, he's not carrying over 30% of my bus," said Marsh, who runs a travel business that specializes in bus tours for seniors. "These are voters 50 and older, and he's just not very popular. They think he's hurt a lot of people."
On the 2008 presidential field, Marsh said he likes Mike Huckabee, Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton. In that order. He said he likes Giuliani's moderation but also admires Huckabee's candor with the media. "He just says it like it is," Marsh said.
He said he certainly would not vote for Mitt Romney, because he doesn't trust him. "In the general, I'm not passed going with Hillary. I'd vote for Hillary over Romney," Marsh said.
Still, he said he's probably vote for Giuliani or Huckabee over Clinton.
He's especially rooting for Huckabee to knock off Romney in Iowa. Why?
"Because (Matt) Blunt and (Rod) Jetton are for Romney," he replied.
The Republican establishment must despise Marsh, or maybe they roll their eyes and don't take him seriously. Marsh has been labeled as ego-centric, lazy . . . and worse by his critics. But you can bet they start to take him a bit more seriously if he follows through with his promise to shake-up the 2010 State Senate race in District 30. Independent candidacies are longshots everywhere -- but a rift in the G.O.P. slice of the pie has the potential to transform a reliably Republican district into a barnburner.

I'll bet Bob Dixon is saying a few choice words this evening. Dixon and Marsh split the Republican vote and Lampe wins the seat.

Mike Schilling made this comment on my May 6, 2007 post:
The fulminating by B.J. Marsh over term limits shows how selfishly craven is his need for the taxpayer teat, his only real motive for being in elected office. I wonder if it ever occurs to him as to why his constituents would want him around any longer, given his record of chronic voting absence? Marsh is just one more example of the pathetic state of public integrity in our representative democracy. And sadly, his self-centeredness is so pronounced that he doesn't appear to see the foolishness of his behavior.

In the spirit of disclosure: When Mike Schilling chose not to run for re-election in 2000, I filed for the seat on the Democratic ticket. BJ filed as a Republican when Mike withdrew from the election. You know the outcome.


Anonymous said...

I thought term limits were put in by a state wide vote of the people. How can the legislators vote term limits out, if the people voted them in? Why wouldn't there be another statewide election to get rid of them. Oh, I get it, hwen the Democrats were the majority, the only way to knock them off was term limits. Now that the Republicans are in the majority, the only way to keep them in there is to get rid of term limits. Did Karl Rove think this up?

Jason said...

You going to run again, Jim?

Busplunge said...

I got moved out of the district in the redistricting after the 2000 election. Just about all of the old 136th that was north of Sunshine is now in the 138th. Sara Lampe represents the district.