Senator Brian Munzlinger, R-18, isn’t up for reelection, but that’s not keeping him out of the 2012 campaign.
From preparing his own future campaign to aiding other Republican candidates with their races, Munzlinger said he is staying active this election season.
Munzlinger said he already has begun campaigning for the 2014 election, primarily by having fundraisers to raise money and traveling throughout the district to meet constituents.
He said he was in Kirksville Oct. 20 during Truman State’s Homecoming parade, and in Chariton, Mo. on Thursday, Oct. 25, to familiarize himself with his new district.
With Munzlinger’s district now ranging from the Mississippi River up to Alexandria, Mo., and down to Brunswick, Mo., the wider area has made it more difficult to reach out to constituents, he said.
“Of course, I’ve got a lot of new counties in my new district with redistricting, so I’m trying to get around, meet people, businesses, see what their interests and their needs are,” Munzlinger said. “Basically just try to be a good senator and hopefully that helps in being reelected.”
Munzlinger said he’s already getting used to some of his district’s newer areas and he said he is looking forward to meeting more new constituents.
He said he’s helping Republican candidates in his district campaign by walking in parades and giving them any guidance he can. In addition, he has sent letters in favor of Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence, and will be doing the same for Republican candidate for Secretary of State Shane Schoeller.
“I’ve known [Schoeller] well, and served in the House with him, and actually filled in for him at a fundraiser after his mom passed away,” Munzlinger said.
Munzlinger also explained that he thinks Spence, as a businessman, understands what it will take to create more jobs in Missouri and start new businesses.
“The backbone of our economy, in my opinion, is small businesses and farms. And that’s what he has his expertise in,” Munzlinger said.
Munzlinger also supports Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin because he said he thinks Senator Claire McCaskill’s voting record increasing the price of energy in Missouri has created problems for businesses.
“I’m not officially endorsing him, but I definitely would support him because I don’t believe in the failed Obama agenda,” Munzlinger said.