Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Peter Kinder Letter Smacks of Desperation; "I Will Not Run If I Cannot Win"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Kinder detects a disturbance in the force.
  • Kinder detects a disturbance in the force.
For the first time since Riverfront Times broke the story this month on Peter Kinders' curious relationship with a former stripper and centerfold, it seems that the Missouri's lieutenant governor is having serious reservations about running for higher office in 2012.

In a letter sent out this week to GOP faithful, Kinder is asking rank-and-file members of the party to decide his fate and "not the self-described kingmakers, nor the special interests and insiders." In the letter Kinder also continues to trumpet his disproved theory that Democratic operatives are behind the "dirty tricks" that have his campaign in a tailspin.

But what's most interesting about the missive is that Kinder acknowledges for the first time the possibility that he will not challenge incumbent Jay Nixon for the governor's office next November.

Writes Kinder:
Without your support I cannot succeed, and I will not run if I cannot win. The decision should reside in your hands, not a few powerbrokers or the media.
Just last week Kinder's campaign was optimistic about its chances to unseat Nixon even though its own polling showed Kinder losing to the Democrat by at least seven percentage points.

But now Kinder says he won't run unless he can win? If that's not defeatist language, we're not sure what is.

Kinder's entire letter follows:

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