Archive for the ‘Clay County Offices’ Category

Remember when I said that Phil Wilson could be a plant by Vic Hurlbert and Pam Mason in the Auditor’s race?

Well….

I spy with my little eye a Charles Adams, Vic Hurlbert, and Cathy Rinehart sign over on North Oak. Coincidence? You be the judge.

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I have been meaning to get around to this, but just have not had the time. I wanted to issue a quick endorsement for Jesse Leimkuehler for Clay County Treasurer. Mr. Leimkuehler contacted me awhile back, originally about the County Auditor race. Mr. Leimkuhler changed races because he thought he was better qualified for this office. I found Mr. Leimkuehler to be a refreshing face entering the Clay County political scene.

Mr. Leimkuehler is by far the more qualified candidate for this race. He has a double major in Accounting and Business Administration. He also has a Masters in Accounting with an emphasis in Accounting and Business Administration.  According to his Facebook bio, Mr. Leimkuehler has “worked on developing accounting systems over a 10 year period at Sprint, Commerce Bank and the US Dept. of Agriculture.” He now runs a growing small business in the Liberty area (Belvoir Winery).” His opponent, Ted Graves, is a soon to be retired elementary PE teacher and coach.

It’s pretty simple when you acknowledge the role of the county treasurer. “The Treasurer is responsible for receipting all County revenues, making bank deposits, investing County monies, balancing County bank accounts , banking funds held in trust by the County and tracking all county funds.”

What bugs me about this race is the fact that I think uninformed primary voters may choose Mr. Leimkuehler’s opponent primarily based upon his last name. If you go by Mr. Graves’ website, that seems to be what he somewhat expects you to do. Even more annoying is the fact that he touts the endorsement of Congressman Sam Graves on his website. Family or not, Mr. Graves is not the best candidate for this job.

For more information on Mr. Leimkuehler please check out his Midwest Democracy Project survey. Mr. Graves did not fill one out.

I was setting working on the computer last night when there was a knock upon my door. It was none other than Ryan Silvey himself. Imagine my surprise! He was out working hard for his senate campaign.

After the initial awkward moment the conversation began. I figured what better opportunity to get some questions answered than on ClayCoMOPolitics’ own doorstep! To Mr. Silvey’s credit he was very respectful, but his responses to my questions only served to muddy the water and make me question him even more.

According to Ryan, Noel Shull is not a conservative, Mr. Hurlbert is. And according to Mr. Silvey, the reason that Mr. Shull is not a conservative is because he gave $650 to former County Commissioner Ed Quick. I asked Mr. Shull about this one time and found his answer to be acceptable. Mr. Shull donated $650 to Quick in 2006 because he was concerned about his opponent Jay Lawson. Mr. Lawson was a mediocre commissioner from 1990-2000. This is the same Jay Lawson who filed as a Democrat for Presiding Commissioner in 2010, but after he failed to file his personal financial disclosure he was thrown off the ballot. He then refiled as a Republican for Recorder of Deeds and ended up winning.

I never reported this, but I had a sit down with Mr. Quick before the election in 2010. I myself voted for Ed Quick against Pam Mason because of her absolutely ridiculous campaign she ran against him.

I’m not sure who died and appointed Mr. Silvey the arbiter of all that is conservative, especially when you look at his most recent MEC reports. Last time I checked, unions were not considered remotely conservative. As reported on his July MEC report, Mr. Silvey received $3475 from unions. The $1,000 he received from the Greater KC AFL-CIO is especially interesting.

Something for Mr. Silvey to think about. President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka stated in a recent op-ed in the Huffington Post that “conservatives not only don’t believe in freedom, but use the word as a cynical con job to dupe voters out of voting for their own interests.”

His reason for taking their money? They were part of his constituency. Oh… Yeah, they are, but it doesn’t mean you should take their money.

I asked him about Right to Work, and he said no, he would not vote for it in the senate. He really never gave a good reason either. You see, believing that a worker has the right to join or not join a union is a form of freedom. In a capitalist society I can think of few more important freedoms than the right to control the state of your employment. Last time I checked, conservatives were for freedom. Well, unless you ask Mr. Silvey’s buddy Richard Trumka. The data for Right to Work states is solid, they are growing. States that have forced unionism, like Missouri, are not. Right to Work is a big game changer, but with Republicans like this, don’t expect our economic situation to change.

Mr. Silvey believes that Mr. Hurlbert was wrongly accused, and the only reason that Mr. Hurlbert resigned is because he was trying to save the taxpayers money. I come back to the fact, if someone is doing something wrong you stand up to it. If Mr. Hurlbert was wronged then he should have stayed and fought. Remember he held an ELECTED office. After all, didn’t the people send him there?  Even if it is true, and he was trying to save money then once he was out of office he should have done everything in his power to clear his name.

Update 11:50 AM: Something else that I forgot to mention that ties in here. Mr. Hurlbert could have resigned in time to allow then governor Matt Blunt to appoint a conservative Republican to the seat he was vacating. Instead, he waited till after the 2008 election and allowed Nixon to appoint Sheila Ernzen. Now, I have supported Ms. Ernzen and have no problem with her. My point here is that we are told to believe that Mr. Hurlbert is a passionate consistent loyal conservative Republican. One would think, that if that was the case, Mr. Hurlbert would have at least shown some allegiance to his party and resigned to allow Governor Blunt to make the appointment. Once again, it’s not about party or principle, it’s just about ME.

One interesting part of the conversation was where I got Mr. Silvey to admit that it was Mr. Hurlbert who was commenting on this blog anonymously. Mr. Silvey’s response was “well, some people do some stupid things.” Hmmm…

Yes, they sure do.

What I find most ironic is that Mr. Silvey’s campaign slogan is “Building Consensus.” Now, consensus is a word that means general agreement. To build consensus means that you have to work with Democrats and people you may not agree with on issues. So, it’s not okay for Mr. Shull to build consensus with Ed Quick, but it is okay for Mr. Silvey to build consensus with unions. And that makes one less a conservative than the other. The reality is, I believe that Mr. Silvey, Mr. Hurlbert, and Mr. Shull are all somewhat conservative, just as I am. For anyone that has been following this blog knows my problems with Vic Hurlbert is more about ethics and character than conservative political positions. That’s the big problem here.