Martin Launches Senate Bid
Missouri Republican Ed Martin announced Monday that he will run for the Senate, joining what looks like it will be a crowded Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) next year.
"Today I'm announcing that I'm running for the United States Senate in 2012," Martin said in a web video early Monday morning.
Martin's entry into the race has been expected for a couple weeks and adds a new dynamic to the Republican primary. Before Martin, only former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) had jumped into the race.
Steelman has sought to shore up support among influential Tea Party groups, including scheduling a meeting with Tea Party kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) in Washington last December.
But there appears to be some reservations about Steelman in the conservative wing of the Missouri GOP, and that's exactly where Martin hopes to position himself. Martin founded a Tea Party group last year and capitalized on their support during his unsuccessful congressional bid against Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) last year.
Martin touched on those themes in his video Monday.
"I believe the 2012 election will come down to a very simple question," he said. "What should the size, scope and cost of the federal government be. Pres. Barack Obama and Sen. Claire McCaskill have answered this simple question. They've said the federal government should be bigger, it should be more powerful and it should be more costly."