Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's weird and unseemly adventures with a stripper (exotic dancer if you followed the media coverage) are about the only things his primary opponent, Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, has not mentioned in his unceasing parade of attack ads that have been impossible to avoid for the past few weeks.
It's not because Lager doesn't have the money.
According to his quarterly financial statement, filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Lager has most likely already gone over the half million dollar mark in television advertising. As of June 30, Lager still had $1,383,548.39 in his campaign account. During the past three months, Lager has spent $692,687.55.
And we're talking about the lieutanant governor's race.
The report showed Lager fell just short of one million dollars in contributions, recording $968,115.
And we're talking about the lieutenant governor's race.
And you can chalk it all up to a stripper.
That stripper and Kinder's foray to a pants-free evening (or pantless or panting or something like that), cost him the support of two of his richest sugar daddies, retired billionaire Rex Sinquefield and David Humphreys of TAMKO in Joplin.
Sinquefield gave $385,000 to Lager, while Humphreys added $250,000, and Herzog Construction of St. Joseph chipped in with $253,125, for a total of $888,125, or all but about $80,000 of Lager's totals.
Lager's ads are touting his "Missouri values." Odds are more likely his values will match those of the extremely wealthy people who are footing the bill for his candidacy.
As of this writing, Peter Kinder had not filed his report. It is due by midnight tonight.