Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Blunt-Truman race highlighted in AP article

AP's Marcus Kabel has become the first reporter to take an in-depth look at the Seventh District Congressional race between incumbent Republican Roy Blunt, Democratic challenger Jack Truman of Lamar, and Libertarian Kevin Craig.
This is the first time that I can recall that any media outlet, other than The Turner Report, has actually looked into Truman's livelihood. It hasn't been done by the Springfield News-Leader and the Joplin Globe, the two major newspapers in the Seventh District:

Truman's main activity is producing independent films. His short film "Phone Sex Grandma" was described by the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where it ran in January, as "A 60-something Grandma working a phone sex line in a small Southern ghost town."

That grandmother is played by Truman's mother, Opal Dockery, who also is the author of a memoir called "Thoughts of a Stripper: A Mother's Story" about the life of a single mother raising children while working on the burlesque circuit in the 1970s.

Truman's MySpace entry says he is working on a full-length feature film version of "Phone Sex Grandma." He also is seeking producers for a script he wrote called "Son of A Stripper," he told The Associated Press.

The article also notes how little concern Blunt has about his challenger:

Blunt appears to be ignoring Truman and the Libertarian candidate, Kevin Craig, after taking the socially conservative district with 70 percent of the vote two years ago.

"A Democratic candidate who is not advertising, who's not fundraising, whose only claim to fame is his last name - this is not worth spending money on ads attacking your opponent," said Missouri State University political scientist George Connor.

"U.S. Rep. Blunt is going to win this race hands down, no question. This is the safest seat possible," Connor said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, Jack Truman hasn't had any connections--direct or indirect--with Abramoff or DeLay.

Can't say that about Blunt.