Politically Speaking for Nov. 1: Jane Cunningham
On this week’s show, the Politically Speaking crew welcomes Jane Cunningham – a former state senator from Chesterfield and a member of the Monarch Fire Protection District Board.
On the show, Cunningham discussed how redistricting ushered her out of the Missouri State Senate, how she’s gone toe-to-toe with organized labor on the fire board and whether she’ll eventually re-enter state legislative politics.
During the show, Cunningham said:
• She attributed her political victories to a relentless campaign style, adding she “would hate to run against” herself.
• She specifically blamed Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, for playing a role in her being redistricting out her state Senate seat. (Schaefer faced a similar accusation from Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, and publicly denied such a claim.)
• Having the firefighters' union negotiate their contract in public has given a new perspective on the process for citizens – and rank-and-file union members.
• Any effort to place so-called “right to work” on the ballot next year may face a tough road in the Missouri Senate. She attributed that to “squishy” Republican senators who have taken campaign donations from organized labor.
• She would consider running for the 26th Senatorial District seat if Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, doesn’t run for re-election. She emphasized, however, that she would continue to serve on the Monarch Fire Board regardless of what she does next.