Ed Martin announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate today on his website, having openly considered the contest in recent weeks. He challenges incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, the senior senator from Missouri.
Martin joins former state treasurer Sarah Steelman among a field of GOP candidates that could potentially include congressman Sam Graves and former ambassador Ann Wagner.
It’s a year and nine months until Election Day 2012. The field is still taking shape and I don’t know who I will support, but Ed Martin’s announcement message is pretty solid on the issues. That is, he gets what the issue is – freedom and the size and scope of government.
Of course, a lot of Republicans have talked a good game when it comes to economic conservatism, only to abandon such rhetoric when it comes to actual policy-making. Martin’s positions and proposals during the campaign should help indicate whether he takes this stuff seriously.
McCaskill has positioned herself nicely as a moderate Democrat with a bit of common sense conservatism on fiscal issues. The Republican challenger needs to show voters that while sound public money management is necessary and good, only liberty preserves security and enables prosperity.
In other words: McCaskill can balance a checkbook just fine – the problem is that she thinks your account actually belongs to the government.