Mrs. Cunningham, who has served one term (one term too long) says she had considered a run for statewide office but did not "feel a calling." (If anyone does feel like calling her that person should be grounded and have his or her cell phone confiscated).
It is too late for Mrs. Cunningham to leave the Senate with class, considering she whined incessantly a few weeks ago when she was redistricted out of her current Senate seat. Instead of lodging a complaint through the proper channels, Mrs. Cunningham remained shrouded in shadow, begging for others to do the dirty work for her.
She sent the following e-mail to supporters:
On Thursday, the 10 commissioners drawing the new senate maps shocked everyone with the map they presented. Many think it is the GOP trying to rid the ranks of the conservatives. One Democrat colleague commented to me, "What did your commissioners get promised to betray Republicans like they did. We would never put up with that treatment from Democrats."
Please forward this information around, although probably better without my name. The commissioners need to hear the views of Missourians to this travesty. (Italics added
It would be a serious mistake to take Sen. Cunningham lightly during what is shaping up to be her final two months in the state legislature. She is still pushing bills that would damage public schools and remove teacher tenure, replacing it with a system based on standardized test scores.
Though she has been in the legislature for a dozen years, it has been painfully obvious that she has brought the battle with public schools that began when she was defeated for re-election for a second term to a public board of education in the '90s to Jefferson City with her.
I await the day in mid-May when hundreds of Munchkins can surround our state capitol and sing (metaphorically) that song that begins with the words, "Ding Dong."