Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said Friday that he won’t challenge freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith for a southeast Missouri congressional seat next year, relieving the GOP of a potentially costly primary.
Kinder first said publicly a month ago that he was considering a bid, but noted Friday that he already has been through three grueling statewide campaigns.
“Politics isn’t everything,” Kinder’s statement said. “In the midst of its sometimes frenzied demands, one feels the tug of Holy Scripture: `Be still and know that I am God.’ Sometimes this injunction is flatly incompatible with the pitiless imperatives of the political calendar.”