U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay

U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay has been criticized, at least since Ferguson, as a largely absentee congressman who is strong on official letters and fearless, biting quotes, but weak on personal presence in his district when needed. We feel that Clay has missed several opportunities to lead locally when his leadership was badly needed – and also made some bad self-serving deals with unworthy mainstream Democrats (Francis G. Slay, Steve Stenger) to help elect them – and we hope a spirited primary challenge forces him to diversify his strategies and return more often to the grass roots. His official letters and insider game in Washington have been very valuable to his district and the region in helping to force the DOJ investigation of Ferguson and the EPA review of nuclear waste in North County and in keeping the NGA West headquarters in the City of St. Louis. But we would like to see him take the lead on the ground in St. Louis more often, especially in times of crisis, and we hope we have seen the last of his forming election-time alliances with retrograde white Democrats. The strong primary challenge by activist Cori Bush has been helpful to the community and hopefully will lead to greater trust and collaboration, as we see a new generation of activists enter electoral politics determined to challenge the status quo. However, we believe the best hope for salvaging what remains of our democracy lies in Democrats winning majorities in Congress in November, and if that happens, St. Louis will be better served by having an experienced congressman with nearly two decades of seniority than an upstart, insurgent candidate entering elected office for the first time, and that is why we endorse U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay for 1st District U.S. representative.

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mitzih

This is a problem. That endorse a man that has never lived here, has done nothing for his community, and lives in luxury in DC? Over an activist??????

MarkLongden

Of what use has Clay's experience been up to now? Treating politics as sport, which this article does, is - I think - one of the main reasons we're in such a poor state now. Cori Bush is the best person for the job, and it's a shame you have put taking back the House over the needs of the people.

wendysarno

"His official letters and insider game in Washington have been very valuable to his district and the region in helping to force the DOJ investigation of Ferguson and the EPA review of nuclear waste in North County"

Well lets look at this. His letters sound good but The DOJ investigation into Fergusson as I understand it, produced nothing but a rubber stamp of what had already been decided here. We have yet to see what the EPA will really DO about removing nuclear waste from the Westlake Landfill. I was at the EPA meeting with the community back in the spring and Mr Clay was NOT there. I was talking with some people from the 1st District this week and many are very upset that Mr Clay has not fulfilled promises to work on City north neighborhoods. They are outspoken in their disappointment and echo the feeling that he is a NO SHOW. Cori Bush with new energy and new vision working for a progressive platform gives us fresh hope and commits to being present to the people of the 1st District.

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