Leaders Urge Democrats to Generate a Wave

Former Secretary of State Jason Kander and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill stopped by Downtown St. Joseph Saturday.

Posted: Jun 9, 2018 11:30 PM
Updated: Jun 9, 2018 11:37 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Former Secretary of State Jason Kander and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, stopped by Downtown St. Joseph Saturday.

The well-known faces of Missouri's Democratic party spoke at the Northwest Democrat Days to a crowd of more than 250 people. Buchanan County's Recorder of Deeds, Ed Wildberger, emceed the event.

Speakers stumped for candidates, spoke about party values and the potential of a blue wave.

“We are excited about it," Kander said. "We are excited about the possibility of a blue wave.”

Liberals and pollsters are forecasting the chance of a "blue wave", or the flipping Republican-held government seats in elections across the country. But speakers at the local event cautioned against waiting for the tide to roll in.

“Let me tell you something about the Blue wave-- it’s not a weather event,” Kander said. "You got to sign up with these folks in the back, you got to put in the work."

Before Kander took the stage, McCaskill criticized opponent, and current Missouri Attorney General, Josh Hawley.  She spoke about health care, Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, and her opposition to Proposition A on the August ballot.

"We're about the workers of Missouri, not the bosses in the boardroom," she said to applause.

Proposition A is the "right to work" law. It would throw out mandatory participation in labor unions. More than 25 states have something similar on the books. Those in favor of Proposition A argue its about giving people a choice and government overreach. Those against Proposition A, argue it leaves the little man powerless and gives Corporations and Big Business absolute power.

Wildberger pleaded with the crowd to vote no on the "Right to Work" law.

"Go home and call 10 people or 10 relatives," he said. "Tell them this Proposition A will kill the middle class in Missouri."

But one single theme emerged in each speaker's message; making a blue wave happen. From McCaskill, to Kander and local politicians, each talked about getting off the couch and flipping votes manually.

"We're not going to leave any vote behind," McCaskill said.

Pointing to newly elected Representative Lauren Arthur, McCaskill used it as an example of what could happen across the state. In a special election, Arthur flipped a Clay County seat from red to blue. Arthur also attended the event.

Kander also used Arthur as an example.

"We are excited about Lauren Arthur," he said. "We are excited about her period. But part of the reason we are excited about her is that maybe there is a blue wave."

He said Arthur serves as a reminder that Democrats can't just ride the tide, rather they need to create the momentum by voting.

"When we knock on the doors, when we make the phone calls, when we do the work,” he said. "That's how you build a blue wave. You make it happen."

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