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Letter: Democrats must change strategy to beat the state GOP

Letter: Democrats must change strategy to beat the state GOP

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Missouri state lawmaker to challenge US Sen. Roy Blunt

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Missouri state Sen. Scott Sifton, D-St. Louis County, speaks on a bill in Jefferson City, Mo., that would allow teachers to carry guns in school. Sifton is challenging Missouri Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, who is running for another term. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

 

Regarding "South County Democrat Scott Sifton launches bid for U.S. Senate in 2022" (Feb. 8): This race could be a powerful launching pad for a campaign if we, the electorate, were unaware of just who Sens. Roy Blunt or Josh Hawley are. If we wanted a reminder of what Republicans stand for in Missouri, we wouldn’t have to look very far. Republicans control nearly every power position in the state. The message of ostracizing the opposing party will not be effective in a state where Republicans won recent races by miles, not feet. 

Missouri Democrats would be wise to rethink their strategy and try to shirk the reputation of the national Democratic Party, which can be perceived to be pushing a high tax, government-based economy. Missouri is a low-tax, individual liberty state, and the demographics aren’t showing urgent signs of change. Moving toward the center would give Democrats a fighting chance in 2022. They should pursue a message around efficient governance, increased agricultural exports, creative incentives for defense contracts, and by extension jobs, and a balanced budget.

Perhaps trying something new would give Democrats a chance to show us who they are. We already know who Blunt and Hawley are.

Jeffrey Larson • Des Peres 

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