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Dems Will Suffer For Handling of Ferguson, Say Missouri Republicans

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Democrats will pay a big political price in Missouri for Gov. Jay Nixon’s failure to have the state’s National Guard on the scene until the morning after the indictment announcement, say two of the Show-Me State’s top Republicans.

In separate interviews with Newsmax Tuesday, both Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Speaker of the House Tim Jones said that Gov. Nixon erred badly in not having National Guardsmen on the scene in Ferguson the night before. State, county, and local police were on hand in the troubled St. Louis County city, as the world waited for the eventual decision that there would be no grand jury indictment of Officer Darren Wilson.

Both Kinder and Jones agreed that the Democrat Party would suffer at the statewide level  for Nixon’s handling of events in Ferguson.

“As long as local Democrats agree with the national narrative and distance themselves from the governor, they’ll be OK,” Jones told Newsmax, “but in terms of winning statewide, Democrats will be hurt and this will particularly hurt Claire McCaskill [Missouri’s two-term U.S. Senator, who is considered the Democrats’ best hope of retaining the governorship in 2016 when Nixon is termed out].”

“I thought this time there would be preparation for the state of emergency [declared by Nixon] and the situation would be handled much better than before,” said Kinder, referring to the governor’s waiting eight days in August before sending in the National Guard to Ferguson to quell the violence that followed the shooting of Michael Brown that Wilson was charged with.

“There is a big difference between being governor and being a legislator,” he added. “When you’re governor, you have to act and do something.”

Kinder, Missouri’s highest elected Republican in statewide office, said “mobilizing the National Guard days ahead of the [announcement on Officer Wilson] would have been the right course. The Guard should have been called into Ferguson once the first police car was overturned. Instead, the Guard was not in Ferguson until twelve businesses were burned to the ground.”

Asked if Nixon’s handling of the Ferguson situation would have a negative impact on Democrats in 2016, Kinder replied: “Yes, to say the least.”

Jones recalled how after Nixon announced that he was declaring a state of emergency last week and activating the National Guard, “I thought to myself, ‘at least he’s doing something this time.’ ” 

But, the speaker quickly added, “when the Guard was stationed last night in Clayton, the county seat, and not right in Ferguson, you could tell a crisis was beginning. The mayor of Ferguson called me last night and said ‘My city is burning down around me.’ ”

Jones recalled how he and others contacted by the mayor “got on social media about 12:30 and began reminding the governor about the National Guard he said he would put into place. At 1:30, the governor announced he was engaging the National Guard in Ferguson.”

During the curfew imposed on Ferguson in August following Michael Brown’s shooting, Jones had said that the governor’s waiting for days before sending the National Guard to Ferguson was “Nixon’s Katrina.”

On Tuesday, he told Newsmax that “this is beyond Katrina and one of the worst failures of leadership ever. I would call it ‘Nixon’s Waterloo.’ ” 

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