In our system of government it is supposed to be “We the People”, not “We the Lobbyists” who rule. With that in mind, we posted the article last year “Whom should we elect?” in honor of former Sen. John Lamping’s four years of public service in the Missouri State Senate. John had just received MAF’s “Champion of Freedom” award for scoring a perfect 100% on the first annual Missouri Scorecard. We wanted to briefly touch on the intangible character qualities that made him a good public servant.
“Lamping’s life is full outside of politics. His success is not defined by politics and policy. He was a success before politics and will be a success after politics. Such standing gave him perspective, kept him grounded, and made his decisions seem more thoughtful. His decision not to run for reelection liberated him even further. He was unconstrained by the typical political limitations that sometimes suffocate courage, creativity, and innovation
Governing and leading are not mutually exclusive but leadership requires that your priorities are rightly aligned. Leadership requires you have a counter-culture streak and the confident grounding to stand when others sit.
If an elected official is not cut from the right cloth it can be tough when leadership puts the pressure on to vote against the free market and for cronyism or another issue that is not in your district’s interest and against your principals. These moments are character tests, tests that Mr. Lamping unequivocally passed.
Therein lays the solution, electing men and women of similar caliber who are committed to protecting America’s first principles and serving citizens not special interests.”
Lamping was unafraid of ruffling special interests’ feathers and breaking up the status quo which earned him the respect of many and ignited the ire of others due to his straight-forward style. John was good. We were blessed to have his voice and his vote in Jefferson City for four years, but his public service ended in January of 2015. Who we elect in the future is up to us.
In three weeks voters in St. Charles Co., movement and mainstream conservatives, and good government advocates have the opportunity to elect another independently minded well rounded, conservative in St. Charles County. Bill Eigel is a conservative veteran running for the Missouri State Senate in a tight race against a liberal Republican in name only named Rep. Anne Zerr.
For those who do not remember her, Anne sided with Gov. Jay Nixon and Hillary Clinton to kill right-to-work legislation in 2015 and then did it again in 2016 by killing Missouri’s religious liberty amendment in committee. Time and again Zerr is out of step with mainstream and movement conservatives. She is not one of us.
Bill Eigel on the other hand has the support of conservatives from all backgrounds. He has never held elected office. Bill is a veteran of the United States Air Force; he is a faithful husband, devoted father, devout Catholic, and a successful small business owner. He has been a success before politics and will be a success after politics. He is not defined by politics but feels called to serve because he thinks the country is on the wrong track and is compelled to join the fight to fix it.
Even in the state legislature we fight for generations yet unborn. If we are to recover the liberties we have lost, stop the growth of government, and reduce government to its proper size and scope then we must elect brave men and women who will govern with conservative conviction. Bill Eigel is that person in the race for Senate District 23 in St. Charles County. He is worth supporting.