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You won’t believe what our politicos said in 2013

12/27/2013 4:40 PM

12/27/2013 7:41 PM

They said it in 2013:

• “I just don’t think we should treat folks differently in this zone anymore.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on gay marriage, noting that his views had changed — along with the polls.

• “He’s got the best hair in politics.” — Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Mike Sanders on Attorney General Chris Koster.

• “This misconduct was most certainly agenda-driven politics and bias gone unchecked.” — Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.

• “I would have ran me out of the state on a rail.” — Then-Kansas budget director Steve Anderson after a $2 billion error on a spreadsheet found its way into a chart the governor used.

• “Hell, we ought to impeach the little bastard. Asleep at the switch. I keep donating to the Bring Back Lee Harvey Committee. It hasn’t worked yet.” — Charles Leet, who runs a television and appliance repair shop in Jetmore, Kan., on President Barack Obama.

• “The Great State of Kansas passed away on March 31, 2013, after a long and difficult battle with extremism that became markedly more aggressive in 2010.” — News editor Jason Probst writing in The Hutchinson News.

• “It’s a tough balance. One week, the balance is right. Other weeks, I utterly fail at it.” — Then-Wyandotte County mayor and CEO Joe Reardon, a father of two, explaining why he wouldn’t seek a third term.

• “I have big shoes to fill.” — Wyandotte County Mayor Mark Holland after taking the oath as former mayors Carol Marinovich and Joe Reardon looked on.

• “The General Assembly is no longer capable of dealing with tough issues.” — Missouri Sen. Brad Lager.

• “Reagan couldn’t have made it.” — Former senator Bob Dole of Kansas on how the former president would have fared in today’s GOP.

• “We are in a situation that threatens the future of the United States of America.” — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri on the lack of civility in American politics.

• “I miss it like an abscessed tooth.” — Former senator Kit Bond of Missouri on the U.S. Senate.

• “I just want you to hear my voice ringing in your head: Get it frickin’ done.” — Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri expressing frustration with a military-led unit responsible for accounting for POWs and MIAs.

• “Plse ignore me for 48 hours. My Mizzou has big ass game on Sat I’m obsessed.” — McCaskill tweeting the day before Missouri lost in the SEC championship game with Auburn.

• “Re-elect No One” — Bumper sticker designed by Overland Park’s Bill Ramm.


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