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Former state senator joins GOP primary for southwest Missouri congressional seat

By: - September 30, 2021 9:47 am

Former state Sen. Jay Wasson (screenshot courtesy of Wasson for Congress).

Former state Sen. Jay Wasson has officially joined the field of Republicans seeking the southwest Missouri congressional seat of U.S. Rep. Billy Long.

Wasson is the fourth candidate to enter the GOP primary to replace Long, who is running for U.S. Senate. He joins state Sens. Eric Burlison and Mike Moon, as well as Sam Alexander, a doctor from Springfield.

In a video announcing his bid, Wasson noted his family arrived in Christian County before the Civil War.

With sinister music and images of prominent Democrats in the background, Wasson says in the ad that the country has been hijacked by people who “have lost their mind.”

“How else you do explain the disaster on our southern boarder,” Wasson asks in the ad, “or mismanaging an exit from Afghanistan that left Americans and billions of dollars worth of our weapons in the hands of terrorists.”

He then ticks through a series of issues, from the national debt to China to critical race theory.

“I’m mad as hell about what they are doing to our country,” he says, “and our way of life.”

Wasson served as mayor of the City of Nixa from 1997 to 2002 before serving two terms in the Missouri Senate from 2011 to 2019. He was unable to run for re-election because of term limits.

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Jason Hancock
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has spent two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, with most of that time focused on the Missouri statehouse as a reporter for The Kansas City Star. He helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.