For those unfamiliar, Democratic Senator Jeff Smith has held is seat for the 4th district since 2007 after teaching at Washington University and University of Missouri St. Louis. Smith lost his first political bid in 2004 after being narrowly defeated by Russ Carnahan in the primary for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2007, he made it out of the primary scrum and went on to win his current seat uncontested in the general election.
Sadly, the good times of winning an uncontested election have to come to an end.
One of our tipsters alerts us to the current troubles of State Senator Jeff Smith saying:
Mark Reardon mentioned on KMOX yesterday that one of his Reardon Roundtable regulars may be resigning his seat and that they might have news about it. It never materialized. He then noted on his Twitter page that the person in question is Jeff Smith.
He also pointed us to STLBeacon’s article on the subject: “Sen. Jeff Smith literally the talk of the town — and the state Capitol“
Basically, no one knows what the hell is exactly going on, but everyone is pretty sure Jeff Smith is out.
From STLBeacon on Friday:
We’ll keep tabs on this the best we can, but frankly we are a blog in St. Louis that doesn’t have a lot of time during the day to mine political connections, so if you have anything to share, send it this way!
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