For quite a while during the beginning of the 2006 political season, rumors were circulating that a Republican challenger for Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, would emerge, and the challenger would come from Newton County.
The challenger being touted in the political equivalent of the Hot Stove League was Rep. Kevin Wilson, R-Neosho. The talk died down when Wilson filed for re-election.
Instead, the challenger come from Granby. At exactly 10:23.13 this morning, Roxie Fausnaught, the common-law wife of perennial candidate Martin Lindstedt, filed on the Republican ticket. Lindstedt, of course, will have to help her with her campaign from behind bars, while he awaits the outcome of felony statutory sodomy charges that were filed him against last year.
Ms. Fausnaught has been in the courts for the past two years, trying to regain custody of her grandchildren, who were taken away from her and placed in foster care following a protective custody hearing April 22, 2004, 13 days after the Division of Family Services took them from the home in connection with the felony charges against Lindstedt.