Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan, was in Kansas City on Sunday, August 8th for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Carnahan, who was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2007, ran in the event.
Robin Carnahan won the Democrat primary in Missouri for the Senate seat to be vacated by Christopher “Kit” Bond.
A sweat-drenched Carnahan was interviewed briefly by local television station KCTV-5. She told them she asked other runners how long they have survived cancer then gave them a big hug. Temperatures in Kansas City reached 103 degrees F with a heat index that soared to 116 degrees F.
Carnahan’s voice was uncharacteristically soft and feminine devoid of her signature country drawl, oh shucks, I’m just a Missourah farmer persona.
Carnahan’s trip to the West side of the state included establishing a campaign office in Gladstone and canvassing the surrounding neighborhoods. Speaking to her volunteers on Saturday she referred to her Republican opponent, Roy Blunt, as “an ally for big oil, financial and insurance companies.”
Carnahan apparently resumed her farmer-speak with a dose of class warfare thrown in when the Kansas City Star quoted her as saying:
The choice in the election is whether you want somebody who is standing for Missourians or who is going to be a lackey for all these big guys who are already feeding at the trough and we are having to pay for it.
In a March 2010 Kansas City Star story, the Associated Press quotes Carnahan as saying that she would have voted for final passage of the President’s health care bill.
With regard to the overwhelming vote of Missourians on Prop C, Carnahan is quoted,
I’m a breast cancer survivor. I’m not backing down from where I am…
Robin Carnahan’s policy statements, coupled with her history of affiliation with ACORN, cause one to wonder who is “feeding at the trough” and who is paying for it.
What is truly concerning is that candidate Robin Carnahan unashamedly promotes herself as a breast cancer survivor and an opponent of the Missouri Health Care Freedom Act (Prop C). Yet to date, Robin is silent on the recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Berwick is a devoted fan of the British health delivery system, perhaps better known by its detractors as the British health constrained system. Headlines in the United Kingdom as well as the U.S. scream stories of the horrors of the British form of socialized medicine which Obama, Reid, and Pelosi intend to force on the American people via Obamacare. Perhaps Carnahan is not only out of step with the wishes of the Missouri voters who voted for Prop C in numbers nearly equal to the combined votes for her and Roy Blunt in the primary, she also may be oblivious to the position the British system takes on breast cancer.
The British National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has taken the not-so-nice position of denying a life-prolonging drug treatment for breast cancer patients due to its cost. So does this mean that if Robin Carnahan was a British citizen and contracted breast cancer in 2007, would she be denied treatment under socialized medicine? Is that what she wants for breast cancer patients in the United States today?
Kansas City rarely enjoys public visits from Robin Carnahan. But now as Candidate Carnahan she needs to saturate every Democrat enclave in Missouri with her presence. And Kansas City certainly qualifies as Democrat-friendly.
Before Robin Carnahan has much else to say she needs to get her script in order, be it Farmer Robin, breast cancer survivor Robin, labor union promoter Robin, or Obamacare-lovin Robin. Will she return to her overalls and country twang or continue with the more urbane, sophisticate image?
Or, if all else fails, maybe we will see those “I’m Still with Mel” buttons again.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ed Zurga