If he had received his party's nomination, Jay Nixon would already have the sound bite ready for his advertisements.
According to an article by Rudi Keller in the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian, Jetton slammed Missouri workers with an unfavorable comparison to illegal workers:
Jetton, speaking to publishers, editors and reporters at the Missouri Governor's Mansion, made an example of Wayne County residents in his 156th Missouri House District. In 2004, an employer who considered moving to Wayne County, which had one of the highest unemployment rates in the state at the time, was able to attract only three applicants, Jetton said. The jobs weren't great -- the pay was about $8 an hour -- but the chance to get off government assistance should have been attractive, he said.
"We have a shortage of people who want to go out and bust their tails and do the jobs," Jetton said.
Jetton made his remarks when asked about his statement made to Republicans in Springfield, Mo., that he would like to "trade some of our people for some of the Mexicans who work so hard."
He didn't back away from that remark. "If we can find a way to trade them, I would trade them in a heartbeat," Jetton said.